Out of the Periphery Development of Coastal Chars in Southeastern Bangladesh edited by Koen de Wilde ISBN 984 05 1562 4 2000 234pp 240x175mm HB Tk.675.00 US$27.00
A range of vulnerabilities and an unfulfilled potential for development are the main features of the coastal belt in the southeastern part of Bangladesh. On a day-to-day basis the people living on the coastal belt has to address vulnerabilities as diverse in nature as drainage congestion and the salinity of the soil constraining agricultural yields, cyclones and storms that pose risks to lives and property. Additionally, a heterogeneous social environment with undue influence of well positioned land grabbers can make life and living difficult.
In the newly formed areas along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the government is hardly present, leading to low access to public services. Promoting development in such a situation is a considerable challenge.
This book describes and reflects upon how the response to this challenge was given shape in char areas in the southern part of Noakhali District. It is primarily based oil the experiences in the Char Development and Settlement Project, a development intervention financed by the Governments of Bangladesh and The Netherlands.
The main purpose of the book is to provide lessons that can be applied in any future development programme in tile chars. The book should be of interest to policy planners, soil scientists, students of sociology, anthropology and NGO’s involved in poverty alleviation.
Koen de Wilde studied political and social science. He has vast experience ill development work ill Bangladesh. He is associated with Consultants for Development Programmes b.v.
Md. Abdul Latif is a socio-economist with a background in research and impact assessment. He is associated with Sheltech Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd.
Dr. Jan Groot is a land and water engineer. He has designed and evaluated water management systems in Bangladesh. He is associated with HASKONING Consulting Engineers and Architects b.v.
Dr. Henk Mutsaers is an agronomist, specialising in farming systems and extension work with an emphasis on coastal areas. He is associated with Consultants for Development Programmes b.v.