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Rammelt C.F.,University of New South Wales | Rammelt C.F.,Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation | Boes J.,Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation
Ecological Economics | Year: 2013

Since World War II, economic growth has been the leading policy goal in efforts to eradicate poverty. There is strong evidence that this strategy has gone hand in hand with increasing inequity and environmental degradation. We need concepts that will help us understand the inadequacies of the current economic system. We propose drawing from the ideas of sociologist Johan Galtung on social power structures, and those of economist Herman Daly on the physical features of the economy. A fusion of these perspectives creates a novel framework for analysis and a basis to formulate alternatives to the current growth strategy. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Rammelt C.,University of New South Wales | Rammelt C.,Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation | Masud Z.,Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation | Boes J.,Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation | Masud F.,Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation
Water Policy | Year: 2014

Arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh poses a major environmental health hazard to millions. The efforts of public health programmes to address the problem have often been short-lived and unevenly distributed. The crisis represents a failure of governance and a structural injustice of global dimensions. Rights-based approaches to development have been proposed to address such problems. This paper explores the implications of framing the arsenic problem in terms of social justice and human rights. It describes the efforts of the Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation to implement drinking water supplies and health support schemes with marginalised communities. The approach was never explicitly framed as rights-based, but focuses instead on social mobilisation and on securing fundamental human needs. We argue that this will be conducive to social justice, which in turn creates the necessary space for pursuing human rights claims. © 2014 IWA Publishing.

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