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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ottawa Presentation: Gender, Development and Grassroots Democracy in South Asia

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You are cordially invited to a presentation:

ON:    Power to the People? Gender, Development and Grassroots Democracy in
South Asia
BY:     Dr. George Mathew, Founder-Director of the Institute of  Social
Sciences, New Delhi, India
DATE: Tuesday May 8, 2001
TIME: 2.00 to 4.00 PM
PLACE: Room 870, CIDA, Place du Centre, 200 Promenade du Portage, Hull.

Decentralization has become pivotal to the development plans of all the
large South Asian states. It is promoted as a way to foster both development
and democracy, effectiveness and inclusiveness. Our guest speaker is a world
authority on the subject. He will provide an assessment and a prognosis. A
question and answer session will follow his opening remarks.

Dr. George Mathew is currently the Founder-Director of the Institute of
Social Sciences, New Delhi. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the
Jawaharlal Nehru University and was a visiting fellow of the University of
Chicago South Asian Studies Centre (1981-82) and Visiting Professor,
University of Padova (1988). His core research is in the area of the local
governance system in India  -- Panchayati Raj and grassroots level
democracy. Dr. Matthew has presented papers at international conferences in
many parts of the world, on religion and society, political process and
democracy, and human rights.  In the summer of 1991 he was awarded a
Fulbright Fellowship to  work at the University of Chicago. A perceptive
student of state and society, his studies and articles appear in national
dailies, journals and books.

Dr. Mathew is in Ottawa  as part of a Canada wide tour organized by  South
Asia Partnership Canada. The South Asia Seminar Series is an ongoing
cooperative activity of the South Asia Council of the Canadian Asian Studies
Association,  and the South Asia Programmes of CIDA.

For more information:
Elliot Tepper
Coordinator, South Asia Seminar Series
South Asia Council
Canadian Asian Studies Association

Phone: (613) 225 8076
E-mail: etepper@ccs.carleton.ca

Faruq Faisel
Canadian Program Manager
South Asia Partnership (SAP) Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 200
Ottawa Ontario K1N 7B7

Phone: (613) 241 1333, extension 226
Fax: (613) 241 1129
URL: www.sapcanada.org

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