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Transforming livelihoods and assets through participatory approaches: the Kudumbashree in Kerala, India

Arun, Shoba and Arun, Thankom and Devi, Usha (2011) Transforming livelihoods and assets through participatory approaches: the Kudumbashree in Kerala, India. International Journal of Public Administration, 34 (3). pp. 171-179. ISSN 1532-4265

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Abstract

This article explores to what extent decentralized structures can contribute to asset accumulation among disadvantaged groups, and improving livelihood choices. The process of asset accumulation is tied to the wider context of participatory institutions and opportunities within which social actors can transform assets into meaningful livelihood outcomes. Given its level of social development and civil society in the Indian state of Kerala, the Kudumbashree Initiative, an innovative community-based, decentralized participatory structure aims to build meaningful forms of assets at grassroots levels. Such participatory public action, based on social relationships as well as the combined efforts of the state and grassroots community organizations may provide valuable lessons for developing asset accumulation strategies

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