Capacity building, empowerment and participation of rural people emphasised to ensure rural develop

Monday, February 27, 2006

The Asia-Pacific region, with a total population of over 2.02 billion (in 2003), has been achieving an unprecedented economic growth over the past decades. However, there has been an acute failure to ensure equitable distribution of income among indigenous communities, disadvantageous groups and those living in the remotest territories.

Institutional capacity building and empowerment and participation of rural people are key to ensuring rural development, experts said at a discussion Sunday. Having emerged as key elements of rural development, human resource development and institutional strengthening, have continued to play a pivotal role toward achieving equitable and sustained rural development, observed the speakers. The discussion on “From the Peasant Charter to the ICARRD: An overview of the Current Trends and Emerging Issues in Rural Development in the Asia-Pacific Region” was organised by the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) in the city. Bangladesh government’s Rural Development and Co-Operatives Division Secretary Rafiqul Islam presided over the introductory session of the four-day conference.

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Source: Financial Express (link opens in a new window)