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Narayan-Parker, Deepa

Works: 129 works in 657 publications in 4 languages and 14,222 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Deepa Narayan-Parker
Can anyone hear us? by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

44 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Voices of the Poor" provides a unique and detailed picture of the life of the poor and explains the constraints poor people face to escape from poverty in a way that more traditional survey techniques do not capture well. Each of the three volumes demonstrates the importance of voice and power in poor people's definition of poverty. 'Voices of the Poor' concludes that we need to expand our conventional views of poverty which focus on income expenditure, education, and health to include measures of voice and empowerment
Crying out for change : voices of the poor by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

38 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the second book in a three-part series entitled Voices of the Poor, "Crying out for Change" accounts for the voices from comparative fieldwork among twenty three countries. Through participatory, and qualitative research methods, the book presents very directly, poor people's own voices, and the realities of their lives. It outlines the multidimensional aspects of well-being, and how poor people see it, highlighting that in material terms, "enough" is not a lot for a good life, and, analyzes social well-being, security, and freedom of choice and action, in contrast to the "ill-being" aspects of material absence, reflecting on the experiences of humiliation, shame, anguish. and grief. The struggle for livelihoods is described through the scarcity of rural production, the diversified cities' bondage, and, the limited opportunities of life, and individual breakthroughs challenging their livelihoods. Further analysis reflect on the inadequacy, isolation, and lack of access to infrastructure; on the health aspects of mind and body; on gender relations in troubled subjugation; on social exclusion; and, on the uncertainties for survival. It finally challenges the meaning of development, and of power, calling for change, from material poverty to adequate assets and livelihoods, from exclusion to inclusion, organization, and empowerment
Empowerment and poverty reduction : a sourcebook by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

35 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty will not be reduced on a large scale, without tapping into the energy, skills, and motivation of the millions of poor people around the world. This book offers a framework for empowerment, that focuses on increasing poor people's freedom of choice, and action to shape their own lives. This approach requires three societal changes: a change in the mindset, from viewing poor people as the problem to viewing them as essential partners in reducing poverty; a change in the relationship between poor people, and formal systems, enabling them to participate in decisions that affect their lives; and, a change in formal, and informal institutions to make them more responsive to the needs, and realities of poor people. Based on analysis of experiences from around the world, the book identifies four key elements to support empowerment of poor people: information, inclusions/participation, accountability, and local organizational capacity. This framework is applied to five areas of action to improve development effectiveness. These are: provision of basic services, improved local governance, improved national governance, pro-poor market development, and access to justice, and legal aid. The book also offers tools and practices, focusing on a wide range of topics, to support poor people's empowerment. These range from poor people's enterprises, information and communications technology, and, community driven development, to diagnostic tools such as corruption surveys, and citizen report cards
From many lands by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

34 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Voices of the Poor consists of three books that bring together the experiences of over 60,000 poor women and men. The first book, Can Anyone Hear Us?, gathers the voices of over 40,000 poor women and men in 50 countries from the World Bank's participatory poverty assessments. The second book, Crying Out for Change, draws material from a new 23-country comparative study. The final book, From Many Lands, presents 14 country case studies."--Jacket
Moving out of poverty by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

35 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global moving out of poverty study is unique in several respects. It is one of the few large-scale comparative research efforts to focus on mobility out of poverty rather than on poverty alone. The study draws together the experiences of poor women and men who have managed to move out of poverty over time and the processes and local institutions that have helped or hindered their efforts. It is also the first time that a World Bank report draws on people's own understanding of freedom, democracy, equality, empowerment, and aspirations-and how these affect poor people in different growth, social, and political contexts. By giving primacy to people's own experiences and how they define poverty, the study provides several new insights to develop more effective strategies to reduce poverty. The study finds that poor people take lots of initiative, in many cases even more than those who are better off. There are millions and millions of tiny poor entrepreneurs. The investment climate of these tiny entrepreneurs has not been a centerpiece of poverty strategies. Too often, poor people do not face a level playing field. Despite the micro credit revolution, poor people remain outside of most financial services; and large lenders remain reluctant to lend to micro enterprises and micro entrepreneurs. New institutional models and financial instruments are needed to serve poor people's financial needs and give them the capital they need to expand their businesses and connect to markets
Measuring empowerment : cross-disciplinary perspectives by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Measuring Empowerment is an invaluable resource for planners, practitioners, evaluators, and students - indeed for all who are interested in approaches to poverty reduction that address issues of inequitable power relations."--Jacket
Ending poverty in South Asia : ideas that work by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case studies in this book were developed as part of a year-long learning process initiated by the World Bank in 2003-4 to examine large scale poverty reduction programs in a wide range of developing countries around the world. This volume presents 12 of the case studies from South Asia. . The last two decades saw substantial change in the countries of South Asia. All countries of the subcontinent experienced more rapid growth than in the earlier decades and also saw a definite reduction in the incidence of poverty, resulting in the improvement of the lives of hundreds of millions of poor people. One common element was the adoption of broad based economic reforms involving rethinking of earlier approaches to development. The reforms in South Asia were notable in that they were homegrown, gradual, and accompanied by continual redesign and fine tuning. Individuals can make a difference in fighting poverty when ways are found to institutionalize creative ideas and apply them on a scale extending beyond pilot projects. This book recounts 12 such cases from a range of countries and sectors in the South Asia region, with a focus on how these programmes scaled up and on the potential for applying lessons in other settings. These case studies do not offer a blueprint or model for poverty reduction; there is no single model. Nor do they cover every issue that is important. But they suggest the range of ideas that can be successful and the underlying principles that cut across these diverse initiatives. All the programmes tap the imagination and ingenuity of the South Asian people- in government offices, in civil society organizations, in the private sector, and in the villages and urban neighborhoods. All seek to empower poor people to access the economic opportunities and basic services so necessary to human dignity. The lessons are complex, and applying them will undoubtedly require redesign and fine-tuning to fit the initiatives to the local context. What is important, however, is that the experience of the last two decades has shown that reforms and scaling-up innovations can work in South Asia-and if these examples can be strengthened and expanded in the coming decades, the dreams of a subcontinent free of poverty may be realized
Voices of the poor : poverty and social capital in Tanzania by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

20 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty, Social Capital, and Survey Methodology; What Is Poverty?; Inflatio, Price Trends, and Coping Strategies; Gender Perspective: Development for Whom?; Constraints on Agricultural Productivity; Social Capital; Credit and Savings
Design of social funds : participation, demand orientation, and local organizational capacity by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Participatory evaluation : tools for managing change in water and sanitation by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

17 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving out of poverty by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents the experiences of poor people who have made it out of poverty. This work's findings draw from research conducted in communities in 15 countries in Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and South Asia. The authors synthesize the results of qualitative and quantitative research based on discussions with over 60,000 people in rural areas. They offer bottom-up perspectives on the processes and local institutions that play key roles in escapes from poverty. The study finds that there are no differences in the initiatives taken by the poor, the rich, and the upwardly mobile. The authors demonstrate how -- in the face of deep social inequalities that block access to economic opportunities and local democracies --individual initiative and empowerment by themselves are often not enough to escape poverty
Participation and social assessment : tools and techniques by Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken( Book )

17 editions published in 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contribution of people's participation : evidence from 121 rural water supply projects by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study is based on systematic quantitative and qualitative analysis of 121 rural water supply funded by many different water supply agencies in countries throughout the developing world. The analysis consistently shows that beneficiary participation was more significant than any other factor in achieving functional water systems and in building local capacity. The results of this study have profound implications for the way the World Bank supports its partners in planning and implementing development programs. Among the lessons learned from the study are these : obtaining local participation in decision making about development is sound business practice, and special measures are needed to ensure that the marginalized are reached in the participatory process. Even is participation is assured in planning, agencies must listen and learn as project are implemented. These principles are clear, and their implications reach well beyond rural water supply projects. The challenge is to act on these principles and to place people at the center of development
Moving out of poverty by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work brings together the latest thinking about poverty dynamics from diverse analytic traditions. Leading development practitioners and scholars from the fields of anthropology, economics, political science and sociology critically examine the literature from their disciplines and contribute new evidence from their own works
Rising from the ashes of conflict by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work brings together lessons from the Moving Out of Poverty study about why & how people move in & out of poverty in conflict-affected contexts. It features cross-country findings on conflict & mobility, as well as case studies of six countries affected by significant violent conflict during the ten-year period covered
Cents and sociability : household income and social capital in rural Tanzania by Deepa Narayan-Parker( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

July 1997 Matching a measure of social capital with data on household income in certain rural villages in Tanzania shows that social capital is indeed both capital (in that it raises incomes) and social (in that household incomes depend on village, not just household, social capital). Narayan and Pritchett construct a measure of social capital in rural Tanzania, using data from the Tanzania Social Capital and Poverty Survey (SCPS), a large-scale survey that asked individuals about the extent and characteristics of their associational activity and their trust in various institutions and individuals. They match this measure of social capital with data on household income in the same villages (both from the SCPS and from an earlier household survey, the Human Resources Development Survey). In doing so, they show that social capital is indeed both capital (in that it raises incomes) and social (in that household incomes depend on village, not just household, social capital). The magnitude of social capital's effect on incomes is impressive: a one standard deviation increase in village social capital increases a household proxy for income by at least 20 to 30 percent. This is as great an impact as an equivalent increase in nonfarming assets, or a tripling of the level of education. Data from the two surveys make it possible to identify some of the proximate channels through which social capital affects incomes: better publicly provided services, more community activity, greater use of modern agricultural inputs, and greater use of credit in agriculture. This paper-a joint product of Social Development, and Poverty and Human Resources, Development Research Group-is part of a larger effort in the Bank to understand the social determinants of sustainable development
Local institutions, poverty and household welfare in Bolivia by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

July 2001 Social capital--including membership in an association such as an agrarian syndicate--reduces the probability of being poor in Bolivia. The returns to household investment in social capital are generally greater for the poor than for the rich, and greater for households with little land than for those with more land. Returns to such membership for Bolivia's poorest exceed returns to education and other assets. Grootaert and Narayan empirically estimate the impact of social capital on household welfare in Bolivia - where they found 67 different types of local associations. They focus on household memberships in local associations as being especially relevant to daily decisions that affect household welfare and consumption. On average, households belong to 1.4 groups and associations: 62 percent belong to agrarian syndicates, 16 percent to production groups, 13 percent to social service groups, and 10 percent to education and health groups. Smaller numbers belong to religious and government groups. Agrarian syndicates, created by government decree in 1952, are now viewed mainly as community-initiated institutions to manage communal resources. They have been registered as legal entities to work closely with municipalities to represent the interests and priorities of local people in municipal decisionmaking. The effects of social capital operate through (at least) three mechanisms: sharing of information among association members; the reduction of opportunistic behavior; and better collective decisionmaking. The effect of social capital on household welfare was found to be 2.5 times that of human capital. Increasing the average educational endowment of each adult in the household by one year (about a 25-percent increase) would increase per capita household spending 4.2 percent; a similar increase in the social capital endowment would increase spending 9 to 10.5 percent. They measured social capital along six dimensions: density of memberships, internal heterogeneity of associations (by gender, age, education, religion, etc.), meeting attendance, active participation in decisionmaking, payment of dues (in cash and in kind), and community orientation. The strongest effect came from number of memberships. Active membership in an agrarian syndicate is associated with an average 11.5 percent increase in household spending. Membership in another local association is associated with a 5.3-percent higher spending level. Empirical results partly confirm the hypothesis that social capital provides long-term benefits such as better access to credit and a higher level of trust in the community as a source of assistance in case of need. This paper--a joint product of the Social Development Department and the Poverty Division, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network--is part of a larger effort in the Bank to understand better the role of local institutions, and social capital in general, for poverty reduction. The authors may be contacted at or
Moving Out of Poverty by Deepa Narayan-Parker( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving Out of Poverty: Rising from the Ashes of Conflict, is the fourth volume from the Moving Out of Poverty series launched in 2007 is under the editorial direction of Deepa Narayan, Senior Advisor of the World Bank and former director of the pathbreaking Voices of the Poor series. It features the results of new comparative research across more than 500 communities in 15 countries to understand how and why people move out of poverty, and presents other work which builds on interdisciplinary and contextually grounded understandings of growth and poverty reduction
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Deepa Narayan

Narayan, Deepa.

Narayan, Deepa 1952-

Narayan-Parker Deepa

Narayan-Parker, Deepa 1952-

Parker Deepa Narayan-

Parker, Deepa Narayan- 1952-

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Crying out for change : voices of the poorEmpowerment and poverty reduction : a sourcebookFrom many landsMoving out of povertyMeasuring empowerment : cross-disciplinary perspectivesEnding poverty in South Asia : ideas that workVoices of the poor : poverty and social capital in TanzaniaDesign of social funds : participation, demand orientation, and local organizational capacity