conference on "Poverty, Inequality and Access to Justice for the
Poor in South Asia"
7th-9th November 2006
At a time when countries of South Asia are
debating and discussing the political and economic discourses to
deal with certain chronic issues afflicting the region, it is
quite apt to have an international conference that throws the much
needed light on critical issues like poverty, inequality and
access to justice that are still so crucial for empowerment of
marginalized millions in the region. And this is what being
attempted during the three day long South Asian Conference being
held at Centre for the Study of Law & Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru
University, New Delhi. The Conference was held from 7th
The Conference delved in details issues
centering on understanding poverty and exclusion and sensitizing
service delivery for poor. It delved on challenges of managing
poverty eradication programmes and service delivery for the poor
in South Asia, one of the underdeveloped regions in the world. It
focused on issues around poverty, rightlessness involving women.
The focus was on participatory practices and capacity building for
poor. It highlighted the critical issues on building institutional
capacity for women, the worst victim of poverty and
The Welcome address was given by Dr. Amita
Singh, Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Law & Governance,
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The inaugural note was givin by
Prof. B. B. Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor, JNU. Hon’ble Dr. Karan
Singh, Chancellor, JNU gave away the keynote address.
Two parallel sessions were held on the first
November) coordinated by Dr.
Jennifer Jalal and Dr. Navroz Dubash. The Session on
‘Understanding Poverty and Exclusion’ was chaired by Prof. G.K.
Chadha, former VC, JNU and member of PM’s Economic Advisory
session on ‘Sensitizing Service Delivery for Poor’ was chaired by
Prof. Sarfaraz Khan Qureshi, Ex. Director, PIDI, Chief Executive,
Innovative Development Strategies, Islamabad University, Pakistan.
The session on ‘Challenges of Managing Poverty
Eradication Programmes’, was chaired by Prof Amitabh Kundu, Dean
of Social Sciences, JNU. Ms. Deepa Narayan, World Bank, India
chaired the session on ‘Service Delivery for Poor’.
On Day 2, two parallel sessions were held in
both first and second half of the day. The session on ‘Poverty,
Rightlessness and Women’ was chaired by Prof. Debjani Sen Gupta,
Kalyani University, West Bengal. The session on ‘Participatory
practices and capacity building for poor’ was chaired by Prof.
Dale Bagshaw, School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of
Southern Australia, Adelaide. The panel discussion on ‘Building
Institutional Capacity for Women’ during the second session was
chaired by Minja Yang, UNESCO, India.
Day 3 had two parallel sessions as well. The
session on ‘The Poverty of Access to Justice, Legal Pluralism and
Human Rights’ was chaired by Raza Ahmad from Asian Development
Bank. The valedictory session had panel discussion on ‘Access to
Justice for the Poor in South Asia', chaired by former Justice
Rajinder Sachar of Delhi High Court. Dr. Amita Singh, Chairperson,
Centre for the Study of Law & Governance, JNU gave away the vote
* Write up compiled by Syed S. Kazi, M Phil
/ PhD, Centre for the Study of Law & Governance, JNU