The fifth triennial report of the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), “South Asia and the Future of Pro-People Development: the Centrality of Social Justice and Equality”, was launched at a programme held in Bangalore, India on 19 July, 2017 organised by National Law School of India University (NLSIU).The Vice Chancellor of NLSIU, R. Venkata Rao launched the report.

Dr. Narendra Pani, a leading economist from National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Dr. Shobha Raghuram, Founder member and Advisor to SAAPE, Deepa Kylasam Iyer, Graduate student from NLSIU, Bangalore, Dr. Sony Pellissery, Associate Professor at NLSIU, Bangalore, Pradeep Ramavath, Assistant Professor at NLSIU, Bangalore, Mohan Mani, researcher at Centre for Labour Studies at NLSIU, Bangalore and Babu Mathew, Advisor to SAAPE attended the meeting along with students and faculty members from various institutions.

Deepa kylasam Iyer introduced the report which was followed by Dr. Narendra Pani's response as a discussant. Dr. Shobha Raghuram presided over the meeting and the Vice-Chancellor also spoke and welcomed this initiative of SAAPE.

Deepa’s presentation mainly highlighted the direction of development models in South Asia after the 1990s. All the South Asian countries initiated the neoliberal economic model during this period, which was characterised by opening of free markets and redesigning the role of state in development planning. Quantitative data on socio-economic indicators as well as case studies show that this model has widened inequality within and between countries. This paper argues for a redirection of development policies in South Asia and the role of state in making evidence-based policy interventions. The arguments in the presentation were based on SAAPE Poverty report 2016. Dr. Narendra Pani also expressed his willingness to associate with the process of preparing the next report.

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