This volume contributes significantly to the international public debate on development-caused displacement and resettlement. It rejects the long-held thesis that compensation is in itself enough to restore and improve the livelihoods disrupted by displacement.
Instead, the authors of this volume, a group of the world's best known resettlement scholars – sociologists, anthropologists, economists, ecologists and legal experts –recommend changing displacement policies, laws and practices, by adding investment financing and ex-post benefit-sharing to full compensation.
This book comes at a time when those displaced are increasingly opposing impoverishment by forced displacement. Their voices, argue the authors, speak of basic needs and human rights, and must be heard.
MICHAEL M. CERNEA
HERMAN E. DALY
RUWANI A. JAYEWARDENE
HARI MOHAN MATHUR
DAVID W. PEARCE
FRANCES J. SEYMOUR
SUSAN D. TAMONDONG
BARRY P. TREMBATH
This volume will be indispensable for students and scholars of development economics, sociology, social anthropology, environment and ecology. It will also be useful to policy makers, state officials, development practitioners, industry managers, and civil society groups.
‘ ... This book raises critical policy issues that have plagued economists ever since Pareto ... Financial solutions derived from a narrow compensation theory can neither improve, nor restore incomes ... The authors put forward novel solutions for de-pauperizing those displaced: targeted investments and benefits-sharing, additional to compensation. Development analysts, economists, policy makers, and practitioners stand to gain from ... this book.' — IRMA ADELMAN, University of California, Berkeley
‘Cernea's and Mathur's book places avoidance of impoverishment squarely in the realm of the economics and financing of resettlement. ... with empirical evidence ranging widely from China to Brazil ... this book is an important contribution ... It offers a line of solutions ... to those who must implement them...' — VASUDHA DHAGAMWAR, Formerly with Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), New Delhi
‘... [An] essential reading for all policy makers ... As the book's title emphasizes, resettlement must be reformed through benefit sharing and development investments.' — THAYER SCUDDER, California Institute of Technology
Michael M. Cernea Research Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University, USA; and former Senior Adviser for Social Policies of the World Bank.
Hari Mohan Mathur Visiting Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India.