[WSMDiscuss] Beyond 'Development': Reframing Democracy and Well-Being in Korchi, India

Mabrouka Mbarek mabrouka.mbarek at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 17:45:43 CEST 2020

Dear friends,

'*On the Cusp: Reframing Democracy and Well-Being in Korchi, India
is a new contribution published today, as part of the global dialogue
series on 'democracy'
by the Global Working Group Beyond Development. This series seeks to
analyze/discuss which 'democracy' for radical systemic transformations.

This case study describes how in Korchi India, communities whose
livelihoods depend on forests organized their local decision-making process
based on *village self-rule (swaraj) system*, where *Gram Sabha *(village
assemblies) are playing a crucial role. It is a fascinating case as the
experience went further and sought to scale out the village swaraj system
to include more than 80 villages which helped communities to resist market
forces better and take over the control over their means of production.
At a time we are all wondering how can we strengthen bottom-up emancipatory
transformations, we hope sharing the case study of Korchi, India, can
provide you all with some insights.

The authors Neema Pathak Broome, Shrishtee Bajpai and Mukesh Shende, are
copied to this email if you have any questions.

In solidarity, always,

Global Working Group Beyond Development https://beyonddevelopment.net/

*The Global Working Group includes around 30 engaged researchers,
movement-based organizers, activists and popular educators from all five
continents. It is a collective space where people from different
disciplines or schools of thought - *as ecologists, Marxists, decolonial
thinkers, feminists, and others - *can converge and dialogue on** possible
paths of solutions as well as making local/global dynamics and crisis
phenomena more visible to global social movements. *
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