A People-Oriented Proposal

They may be illiterate and poor in capital, but rural Nepalis possess common sense and a heritage of traditional technology. Their abilities must be used innovatively to turn the agrarian economy around.

If it is true that development efforts of the past four decades have bypassed Nepal's poor and disadvantaged — the marginal fanner, poor households headed by women, and artisans — then the issue is how to redress the imbalance. What strategy can we adopt for people-oriented, participatory development?

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Himal Southasian