Academics and rural development
Amir Hussain is writing an academic book to capture the journey of rural transformation in Pakistan for being one of the countries with the largest rural development initiatives in the Global South. The book will primarily be an academic account with substantial evidence from the field, based on discussions with the beneficiaries of rural development initiatives across Pakistan. With its successful implementation and a seamless transition from one initiative as AKRSP to the formulation of the National Rural Support Programs Network, Pakistan is an ideal case for field-based critical research for this academic project. Choosing Pakistan as a case of rural transformation experience in the Global South has primarily two interconnected factors or reasons: a) Currently, Pakistan has one of the largest rural support programmes network which has national outreach with decades of continuity; and b) The essence of participatory rural development has so far found a limited space in the mainstream academic discourse and policy debate.