On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 SPIA and the Center for Democracy will host an invited talk with author Syed Mohammed Ali. Dr. Ali is a development anthropologist with over a decade of experience working on issues of marginalization and empowerment. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Pakistan, Australia and the U.S. and he also writes a weekly op-ed for Express Tribune, an affiliate of the International New York Times (see: http://tribune.com.pk/author/1293/syed-mohammad-ali/)
Dr. Ali's book Development, Poverty and Power in Pakistan has been highly acclaimed. It addresses a very current and important topic:
"Rural development remains a major challenge for governments of developing countries such as Pakistan. While a broad range of state and donor interventions impact the lives of poor farmers - who provide a significant proportion of the labor force - comprehensive consideration of these combined interactions remains inadequate. Focusing on Pakistan, this book discusses the political economy of agrarian poverty and underdevelopment in the region, which in turn enable the landed rural elite to benefit from market-based and capital-intensive processes of agricultural growth, without offering substantial opportunities for poor farmers”.
Information for ordering it is available at: https://www.routledge.com/Development-Poverty-and-Power-in-Pakistan-The-impact-of-state-and-donor/Ali/p/book/9781138804531