Rural well-being: from vision to action by Ismail Serageldin, David Steeds, World Bank

By Ismail Serageldin, David Steeds, World Bank

The Fourth Annual international financial institution convention on Environmentally Sustainable improvement held in September 1996 enthusiastic about the place the foreign improvement neighborhood may be heading to result in rural improvement and accomplish rural overall healthiness. 4 key concerns for maintaining one of these problem have been mentioned: poverty aid; extensively shared development; loved ones, nationwide, and worldwide meals protection; and sustainable traditional source administration. Thematic and local roundtable discussions incorporated concentrating on poverty relief, making an investment in social capital, bettering dryland administration, conquering rural poverty in Latin the USA and the Caribbean, and accelerating rural development in Africa.

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All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America First printing October 1997 This report has been prepared by the staff of the World Bank. The judgments expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the Board of Executive Directors or of the governments they represent. Sengalese woman harvests rice. Front cover photograph by Ray Within/World Bank. Young Nepalese girl eats from food bowl. Inside cover photograph by Curt Carnemark/World Bank. Ismail Serageldin is vice president for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development at the World Bank.

Social solidarity, networks of reciprocity, and other manifestations of group and community cohesion are associated with more effective development projects and reduced vulnerability among the poor. In many instances successful development will occur only when combined with efforts to nurture this social capital, whereby issues such as trust and shared understanding serve to promote the search for common solutions. Sensitivity to these issues should permeate project planning and implementation.

The key recommendations are: Take a broad rural focus, as opposed to a narrow agricultural sector focus. The rural sector strategy focuses on the entire rural productive system. Water resource allocation and comprehensive watershed management are replacing irrigation and drainage as the focus. The management of natural resources in sustainable production systems is taking the place of a separate consideration of agriculture, forestry, or livestock. Human capital development, infrastructure, and social development are being integrated into rural development strategies and programs.

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