Operationalising Holistic Human Development: Food for Thought & Ideas for Action in the Rural Context
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About the Book :
This book deals with the practical aspects of human development in rural context in a holistic way. It facilitates the understanding of holistic issues concerning sustainable self-employment, enhancing productivity, rendering hope and practical perspectives to the neglected, identifying hidden potentials, participatory approach and action, involving the grassroots institutions, empowerment and leadership. Also, it analyses the contributions of NGOs towards rural development and the role of media in creating mass mindset. The book will be of great use for policy makers, researchers and development workers.
About Author :
Irmel Marla is the Social Scientist & Anthropologist, University of Heidelberg, Germany, her specialization has been in HRD and Rural Development. She had been the Head of the Dept, Human Resource Development Department, German Private Insurance Company and also delivered Lecturer in various Educational Institutions of Germany for 28 yrs. She had the experience in rural India through participating in her late husbands research projects (prominent: Bonded Labour in India) by co-conducting pilot phases and evaluations. Now she is been living and working in an NGO in South India and is the Member Executive Council, Mitraniketan, Kerala. She is also the Chairperson of Dr. V. Sarma Marla Foundation and also of International Institute for Research & Voluntary Action (India & Germany).
Kamal Taori belongs to the UP cadre of the 1968 batch of the I.A.S. He had a short stint in the army and has doctorate in Rural entrepreneurship. He has been with the Khadi and Village Industries Sector for nearly 12 years. This was his opportunity for a deeper understanding of Gandhi, Vinoba, Lohia and Kumarappa and to sublimate his ambition into a mission with holistic action. A short assignment with the UNDP, and subsequent study of the United Nations system were helpful in the convergence of his lifelong studies, experience and understanding into a world-view and a global vision. He is always concerned about what could have been done, as against what has been done. A Social Science Scientific researcher and author of a number of books and research papers, he has organized and led many a seminar and workshop on a whole range of socio-economic issues and topics.