To improve their well-being, the poor in developing countries have used both collective action through formal and informal groups and property rights to natural resources. Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia examines how these two types of institutions, separately and together, influence quality of life and how they can be strengthened to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor. The product of a global research study by the Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, this book draws on case studies from East Africa and South and Southeast Asia to investigate how collective action and property rights have contributed to poverty reduction. The book extends the analysis of these institutions beyond their frequently studied role in natural resource management by also examining how they can reduce vulnerability to different types of shocks.
Mwangi, Esther, ed.; Markelova, Helen, ed.; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela, ed. 2011. Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press. Published for the International Food Policy Research Institute.