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Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) BangaloreCornell University
- June 10-12, 2005
- Social Science and Development in Karnataka: A Vision for Public Action: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference
- Bangalore, India
- Karnataka represents a microcosm of the development prospects and problems and challenges for India, and for developing countries more generally. Known globally for the high tech achievements of Bangalore, and for beingan early proponent of the panchayat system, the state also contains largerural areas where poor agricultural communities live in poverty, and spatial inequalities have grown in the last decade. It has enjoyed relatively high growth rates, but faces increasing water shortages andproblems of environmental degradation. It has an active civil society, which has produced the wellknown phenomenon of the "report cards" on municipal performance, drinking water and sanitation facilities. But it also faces problems of corruption and misuse of public resources, in spiteof several good governance measures such as passing the Transparency Actin 2000, and establishing Lokayukta and Consumer Protection Forums.It has profitable public enterprises that are responsive to the needs ofconsumers, and moribund parastatals that cannot be closed because ofpolitical pressures. It has a need to shrink its public deficit, but facespressures for expenditure on social and public infrastructure, on whichdepend the future growth and poverty reduction prospects of the economy.[gem?_?? den Informationen des Anbieters - according to site editor's information]
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