Collective action and property rights for poverty reduction

Insights from Africa and Asia

Edited by Esther Mwangi, Helen Markelova, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick

To improve their well-being, the poor in developing countries have used both collective action through formal and informal groups and property rights to natural resources. Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia examines how these two types of institutions, separately and together, influence quality of life and how they can be strengthened to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor.

The product of a global research study by the Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, this book draws on case studies from East Africa and South and Southeast Asia to investigate how collective action and property rights have contributed to poverty reduction. The book extends the analysis of these institutions beyond their frequently studied role in natural resource management by also examining how they can reduce vulnerability to different types of shocks.

Author: 
Mwangi, Esther
Markelova, Helen
Meinzen-Dick, Ruth
Published date: 
2011
Publisher: 
University of Pennsylvania Press