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Volume 4 Number 1 June 2013
How Feasible is China’s Path of “Land for Social Security”?
Author_ Zhi Wang and Yifan Yang
Pages 87-118
Abstract_ The purpose of this paper is to offer political advice and decision making for the reform and development of a social security system for land-lost peasants. At present, some research results and policy designs lack clear plans, which still simply regard the social security system as a supporting policy for land expropriation and separate the relationship between land system, land expropriation, and social security. Based on that, firstly, this paper analyzes the possibility of the system by introducing the successful practice of “Land for Social Security” in China. Secondly, it rethinks hazards and secret worries behind the system from the core views of “compensation or security” and “for social security or transfer the land”. Third, from the perspective of land rent, the article explores how to make “Land for Social Security” more feasible. Finally, based on the dual nature of land, the article puts forward relevant policy suggestions. The conclusion is that to improve the social security measures for land-lost peasants, it is to its own features based on the condition of confirming the special land property rights of both collective and individual.
Keywords_ land expropriation compensation balance urban and rural development compound social security
 
Volume 3 Number 2 December 2012
Democracy and the Human Development Sequence: A Revised Cross-Country Comparison
Author_ Jairo Acuña–Alfaro
Pages 1-46
Abstract_ This paper provides a parsimonious empirical test of the relationship between democracy and HD, using time-series cross-sectional data on 164 countries from 1972 to 2002. The paper specifies a similar partial model to those found in the global comparative literature on democracy and development in an effort to replicate earlier findings and advance the proposition that there are strong reciprocal connections between HD and democratization that form two chains which reinforce one another cumulatively over time. The statistical analysis aims to show that the causal relationship forms two chains that run in both directions. This gives rise to virtuous and vicious circles, with good or bad performance on human development and democracy reinforcing each other. Cross-country partial regressions show a significant relationship in both directions. Yet evidence over time has strong sequential implications, and where a choice is necessary, democracy should be given sequencing priority over HD and economic growth, respectively. The discussion is relevant in lieu of ongoing debates about post 2015 Millennium Development Goals in regards to governance and democratization.
Keywords_ Democracy, HD, Model Specification, Identification, Endogeneity, Development Lopsidedness, Large “N”, Policy Sequence, Elective Affinities
 
Volume 3 Number 2 December 2012
Non-Governmental Organizations and Rural Poverty Reduction in Northern Ghana: Perspectives of Beneficiaries on Strategies, Impact and Challenges
Author_ Osei-Wusu Adjei, Seth Agyemang, and Kwadwo Afriyie
Pages 47-74
Abstract_ This paper draws experiences from 198 heads of rural households benefitting from four operational NGOs to address the extent to which NGOs impact on poverty reduction in the Wa West and Tain districts of northern Ghana. It examines the NGOs poverty reduction strategies and their impact on people’s quality of life. The paper reveals that the NGOs adopt the integrated rural development strategy with both basic needs and basic means approaches. The paper identifies improved income, productivity levels of beneficiary households and improved utilization of basic social amenities as significant impact of operational NGOs in the study areas. However, low level of participation of beneficiaries in the NGOs strategies’ design is a major challenge inhibiting their effectiveness. The paper recommends that, given the necessity of local government support through the creation of an enabling environment, NGOs can effectively combat the multiple manifestations of poverty in the rural communities in northern Ghana.
Keywords_ NGOs, Poverty, Rural, Livelihoods, Ghana
 
Volume 3 Number 2 December 2012
Infrastructure for Human Development Notions, Linkages and Policy Options
Author_ Selim Jahan
Pages 75-118
Abstract_ The present paper discusses the analytical inter-linkages between infrastructure and human development through the lens of human poverty reduction and human security and presents some policy options as to how to use infrastructure for enhancing human development. In that context, the paper first examines the various notions related to infrastructure and human development, followed by an analytical discussion of their inter-linkages. In that discussion, the issue of governance of infrastructure will also be brought in. The last section of the paper presents some policy options for mutually reinforcing the linkages between infrastructure and human development.
Keywords_ poverty reduction, human development, infrastructure.
 
Volume 3 Number 2 December 2012
Policy Engagement for Enhancing Local Food Security Plan in Ileje District, Tanzania
Author_ Francis Mwaijande and Festo Maro
Pages 119-144
Abstract_ This policy engagement study was carried out in April, 2012 as a follow-up to the situational assessment of food security study conducted in Ileje district in May, 2011. The study collected information at two focus group discussions (FGDs) in Ilulu and Mbebe villages of Ileje district as well as from key informants at the District Finance and Planning Committee. The study question is: how policy engagement for local food security is guided in Ileje district. The study combines the findings of the FS report, a desk review of current local government planning process, district planning guidelines 2011, district development plan, district agriculture development plan, district agricultural planning processes, and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders in the district development plan planning process. The first part of the paper revisits the district budget and how the District Agriculture Development Plan (DADP) accommodates the concept of food security. The second part of the paper looks at the policy engagement and the decision making process regarding District Development Plan (DDP) by answering questions of who is involved in the local food security planning, how local food security is attained, and how best policy engagement can ensure food security at the district level.
Keywords_ food security, poverty, Tanzania.
 
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