- Tuesday | 08 Dec, 2015
- SDC Anthologies
Jointly published by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Sang-e-Meel, it was launched at SDPI’s Eighteenth Sustainable Development Conference in December 2015.
There is no shortage of publications and anthologies on sustainable development where academics share their research and policy proposals. So what could possibly make this compilation of essays, speeches and scholarly papers unique?
For the first time, in the history of our 68-year old country, this book has brought together the views, policies and ideas about sustainable development of the crème de la crème of Pakistan’s leadership – from the country’s sitting President and Federal Minister, former Ministers and a former State Bank Governor – with discourse of the country’s activists, economists, philosophers, journalists, and student researchers. It is this convergence, and sometimes clash of interesting, unusual and potentially transformative ideas between leaders in the echelons of power with practitioners and scholars that offer valuable insights into charting new pathways for bringing about positive shifts in South Asia that makes up the mix of this book’s chapters.
This volume is not constrained by national boundaries either. Climate change, development, ecological, education, energy, food, gender, health, planning, trade and water challenges from neighbouring Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal are juxtaposed with those in Pakistan, sub-Saharan Africa, European Union and Central Asia.
It is here that we travel from regional to local stories – from the great Himalayan mountainous region to the Indus-Brahmaputra-Ganges Delta; from arid nomadic deserts to the Rhine River; from education challenges in a small district in Nepal to the struggles of the landless in a village in East Bengal; from the efforts of women entrepreneurs in India to the barriers faced by women in Muslim societies due to gender inequality sanctified in religious tradition; from the economic impacts of post-2014 Afghanistan on bordering regions in Pakistan to the health threats to dental professionals. Each one singular and yet with a commonality of perspective: to make the world a fairer, better and more just place for the ‘enhancement of peace, social justice and well-being, within and across generations.’
Sarah Siddiq Aneel