CONTENTS:- 1. Rural poverty in India; 2. Overcoming the poverty in India and the lessons learned; 3. The persistence of Indian poverty and its alleviation; 4. The dynamics of rural poverty in India; 5. Women and poverty; 6. Towards a new policy on poverty reduction; 7. Rural poverty in India and development as a policy challenge; 8. Employment and poverty alleviation; 9. Link between disability and poverty; 10. Peace and poverty; 11. For richer, for fairer: Poverty reduction and income distribution; 12. Taking a lead in the fight against poverty? 13. Resistance to change: Why poverty reduction programmes did not work; 14. City Politics: A voice for the poor; 15. Tapping the market: Can private enterprise supply water to the poor? 16. Unemployment in the poor and rich worlds: Different causes, but converging policies? 17. Land tenure: Securing land for the urban poor; 18. Democracy and poverty: Are they interlinked? 19. Taking poverty to heart: Non-communicable diseases and the poor; 20. Can economic growth reduce poverty? 21. Pro-poor tourism: Opportunities for sustainable local development; 22. Heating up environmental education and communication; 23. Economics and environment; 24. Tourism and the environment; 25. Fresh water and the environment; 26. Environmental protection: The devil may care; 27. The environment, the economy the public health: An integrated view; 28. Children's health and the environment; 29. Population and the environment: The global challenge; 30. Sustainable tourism and the environment; 31. Urbanisation and the environment; 32. Economics and sustainable development; 33. Sustainable cities; 34. Pollution for export; 35. Living with diversity; 36. Biodiversity; 37. Forests; 38. Sustainable tourism illusion or realistic alternative? 39. Forests: The earth's lungs; 40. An agenda for change; 41. Global warming: Worrisome sings; 42. Ecosystems, our unknown protectors; 43. Using economics to advantage; 44. Myths and illusions;
Today the key socio-economic problem is large-scale unemployment. Spreading joblessness brings many other problems in its wake. It erodes national incomes and living standards, aggravating the already grindingly difficult job of promoting development and alleviating poverty. Joblessness also raises government budget deficits, increasing macro-economic instability while soaking up investment for productive capital expenditure, education, training and relief aid. And joblessness ruins lives and communities by depriving people of the dignity and satisfaction that comes with earning one's keep and making a contribution to the well being of family and society.