• 14 février 2013
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Do the Poor participate in decisions that affect their lives ? - Report of Points-Coeur

Sometimes people with the best will do more harm than good to the people they seek to help. Empirical stu­dies, recal­led Prof. Folloni [1] at a panel in September [2], cast doubt on the sup­po­sed link bet­ween inter­na­tio­nal aid and eco­no­mic deve­lop­ment. The assis­tance, as it is cur­rently lavi­shed, can even be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive in some cases (reduc­tion of domes­tic savings, increase the power of elites and cor­rup­tion, etc.).

What if the key sta­ke­hol­ders were asked their opi­nions ?

An inte­gral deve­lop­ment implies that people are not only the bene­fi­cia­ries but the sub­jects of deve­lop­ment, says the decla­ra­tion on the right to deve­lop­mentof the United Nations General Assembly in 1986. [3]. This is why the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, will pre­sent a report on the issue of par­ti­ci­pa­tion of people living in poverty in deci­sions that affect their lives at the ses­sion of the Council of Human Rights of June 2013.

As part of a consul­ta­tion with civil society orga­ni­za­tions on this issue, the Association Points-Coeur wrote a contri­bu­tion based on the expe­rience of our volun­teers pre­sent in the most disad­van­ta­ged areas of Latin America, Africa and Asia.

This text is avai­la­ble on the UN web­site or here :

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[1] Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Trento, author of several books on development.

[2] Right to development : a person-centered approach, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See, Association Pope John XXIII and Caritas International.

[3] The social doctrine of the Church also states that the human person must be the principle, the subject and the finality of all social institutions Gaudium et Spes 25).

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