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I, the CitizenUnraveling the Power of Citizen Engagement$
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R. Balasubramaniam

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713514

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713514.001.0001

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Voices from the grassroots level

Voices from the grassroots level

(p.55) Voices from the grassroots level
I, the Citizen

Dr. R Balasubramaniam

M N Venkatachaliah

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores grassroots perspectives on development. Partnership is the fulcrum of capability approach to development. Partnership that is driven by a sense of equity and belief in equality, where the agency and the people look at each other as equal partners with a lot to mutually exchange. One where there are distinguishing contexts, strengths, and roles in the process, but not distinctions that make one superior or inferior to the other. Partnership also goes beyond just a program or an event. It involves dialogue that encompasses not just multiplicity of views, but also criticism, disagreements, emotions, and other human sensibilities. The task for policy makers and policy advocates is to incorporate these voices in the development initiatives they conceive and implement.

Keywords:   grassroots, partnership, development, equity, equality, dialogue, policy makers, policy advocates, development initiatives

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