|Rural Poverty in Bangladesh
Hasnat Abdul Hye
ISBN 984 05 1326 5 1996 300p 215x136mm HB Tk.280.00 US$23.00
This book is destined to become the most comprehensive book on rural poverty in Bangladesh. The author reviews the methodological issues related to rural poverty and makes out a strong case for consistency and uniformity in measuring poverty. The strategies for poverty alleviation both in the public and private sectors pursued over the past twenty-five years are exhaustively and critically reviewed.
Hasnat Hye’s attempt at developing a theoretical framework to explain the phenomenon of mass poverty is interesting and should invite wider discussion. Refuting the concept of "Poverty Level Equilibrium" and "Below Poverty Level Equilibrium Trap" the author describes the poverty situation in Bangladesh as a case of "Below Poverty Line Disequilibrium." He considers it to be paradoxically both a cause for despair and of hope.
The book should be useful for policy makers and field-level staff of poverty alleviation programmes. It contains detailed information on public sector efforts at poverty alleviation which should be of special interest to academic researchers.
Hasnat Abdul Hye studied economics at the University of Dhaka (1956-60), University of Washington (1960-62), London School of Economics (196264), and development economics at the Cambridge University (1978-79). He taught economics at the University of Dhaka. He joined Civil Service of Pakistan in 1965. Among the posts held by him in public service are: Director, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, Comilla; Director General, Bangladesh Rural Development Board; Director, Integrated Rural Development Programme; Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Secretary, Ministry of Land. His other publications include: Integrated Approaches to Rural Development (UPL, Dhaka, 1983), Integrated Rural Development - Bangladesh, (CIRDAP, Dhaka, 1989) Local Level Planning in Bangladesh (NILG, Dhaka, 1982), Cooperative - Comilla and After (BARD, Comilla, 1993), Agrarian Reform for Bangladesh (Bangladesh Administrative Staff College, Dhaka, 1982), Integrated Rural Development - A Review of Major Issues (NILG, Dhaka, 1991).
He was a visiting Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford in 1989. Presently he is visiting South-East Asian Centre of Kyoto University as a Resident Scholar.