Empowering Women: Grassroots Experience from Tamil Nadu
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About the Book :
This study examines the role of Tamil Nadu Government in the process of development of poor women through Self-help Groups (SHGs). Evaluating the capability of women through their economic activities, it studies the interface between DRDA and SHG. Also, it tries to find out the elements of sustainability of SHG entrepreneurship. The book will be useful for policy makers and development workers.
About Author :
Ganapathy Palanithurai, Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj studies, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute—Deemed University, Gandhigram is an academic activist working with academic community, civil society, policy community and political community to impress upon them the importance and need of democratic local governance in India to enable the poor to lead a decent dignified human life. All his academic, research and outreach activities are being supported by an array of funding agencies namely the World Bank, the UNDP, the UNICEF, the Hunger Project, SDC, DANIDA, Action Aid International, the Ford Foundation, Population Foundation of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Toolkit Foundation—Netherland, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and State Planning Commission. He was a visiting Professor in Cologne University, Germany. He has to his credit seventy three books, 126 research articles, 112 popular articles in popular newspapers, 83 monographs published in a span of three decades. He is the coordinator of UGC-SAP and UGC innovative programme. He held several administrative positions like Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Student's Welfare, Member, Syndicate, Member Senate, Member, and Academic Council in Gandhigram Rural Institute. He was and is member of many advisory committees of the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu pertinent to local government and rural development.
T. Parthiban has obtained his Ph.D. from Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu. He has had more than 10 years experience in different capacities starting from the Fellow in the UGC major Research Project in Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram. He has served as an Investigator in National Commission for SCs/STs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. He visited CODESRIA, Senegal through SEEPHIS Fellowship. He serves as a Research Consultant to the IDS, Sussex, UK Project entitled Decentralization and poor: Political Penetration by caste based parties the PMK in Tamil Nadu. Presently he is the Director of Centre for Sustainable Development, Madurai.
Vanishree Joseph is a Lecturer in Political Science in Gandhigram Rural University. Her doctoral thesis was on Gender and Governance. She has published a number of articles on Gender and Governance based on her field activities. She has co-authored two books. She is in a network of scholars working in the field of Capability Approach.