Participatory Community Work

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  • Author :Zubair Meenai
  • Year of Publication :2007
  • ISBN: :9788180694097
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XII, 228
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Community Development, Developmental Studies, Sociology

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About the Book :

Community work has been an integral frontline method of professional social work. It has been primarily concerned with enabling people to develop collective responses to shared needs. During the last few years, however, human rights approaches have gained more attention in the development discourse. The various human rights instruments, covenants and declarations have shaped the framework around which substantial development activity takes place and subsequently has implications for social work practice too. The Declaration on the Right to Development entails that all peoples to be entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy civil, economic, social and political development. Peopleâ??s involvement or participation is important as it sis consistent with the aims of social work, which is empowerment of the people, so that they are able to challenge oppression and discrimination and take greater charge of their lives. Participatory techniques and the rights based approach seek to develop people's capacities and skills to negotiate and to seek the resources and changes which they require in order to improve their lives. This book re examines the concept of community work in the Indian context and attempts to integrate participatory and rights based concerns with social work practice and community work. It argues for social workers to listen to and become the voice of the poor and thus to hold the state accountable to ensure that it lives up to its responsibilities towards all. It emphasizes on the need to fight for the participation and against the exclusion of the poor from the process of development.

About Author :

Zubair Meenai is presently a Professor at the Department of Social Work and Dean, Students Welfare, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (a Central University). He has extensive experience of working on participatory projects and has served as Project Implementation Expert in the World Bank and IFAD supported Rural Women Development and Empowerment Project (Swa-Shakti). Prior to this he has worked as Fellow at the LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. He has served as social sector analyst to various appraisal missions of the District Primary Education Progrmme. Dr. Meenai is also the Director of a UNICEF supported community based "Advocacy and Networking for Health among Under Served" Project in western Uttar Pradesh as well as of the Women Development Centre in the Jamia Millia Islamia. He serves as Programme Advisor to the State Resource Centre for Literacy for Delhi. He is also responsible for the Child Rights Programme in the university. Dr. Meenai has been a consultant to many NGOs in the field of participatory methodologies, micro credit, self help groups and women empowerment. His other publications include "Empowering Rural Women: An Approach to Empowering Women through Credit Based Self Help Groups" (Aakar Books). He can be contacted at