Towards Equitable Progress

Essays from a South Asian Perspective

  • K. Locana Gunaratna

Part of the South Asia Economic and Policy Studies book series (SAEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-7
  3. Basic Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
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      Pages 11-21
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  4. Spatial Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
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      Pages 53-69
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      Pages 71-89
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  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-167

About this book


This book gathers a collection of essays presented from the perspective of a spatial planner whose working life has been immersed in South Asia. It concerns some of the serious challenges that need to be confronted in the South Asian context, including the externalities and ethical concerns that arise in the process of development. The mid-20th century saw a considerable focus in the West on assisting those countries emerging from European colonial domination. Theories were propounded and international agencies established to facilitate a process called ‘development’ in these countries. However, even after six decades of extraordinary expenditures and effort, millions among the targeted populations remain illiterate, live in abject poverty, and are the most vulnerable groups to external disasters, debilitating diseases and untimely death. In addition, the book reveals the theoretical inadequacies that negatively impact ongoing development efforts. Lastly, it identifies an available alternative set of science-based approaches that could facilitate the serious pursuit of equitable progress in South Asia and potentially also in other low and middle income countries.


Development Low and Middle Income Countries Spatial Policy Environmental Challenges Ethics Urban Primacy

Authors and affiliations

  • K. Locana Gunaratna
    • 1
  1. 1.National Academy of Sciences of Sri LankaColomboSri Lanka

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-8922-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-8923-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5502
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5510
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