Meeting the Challenges of a World in Crisis: Engaging Whole Bodies Politic

  • Harold H. Saunders


“What is it that the poor reply when asked what might make the greatest difference in their lives? They say, organizations of their own so that they may negotiate with government, with traders, and with nongovernmental organizations. Direct assistance through community-driven programs so that they may shape their own destinies. Local ownership of funds, so that they may put a stop to corruption. They want nongovernmental organizations and governments to be accountable to them…. These are strong voices, voices of dignity.”1 These words introduce a courageous World Bank study titled Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us? These are the voices of citizens outside normal power structures reaching for political engagement.


Political Life Nongovernmental Organization Global Environment Facility Body Politic Nobel Peace Prize 
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