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A New Tripple-Win Option for the Environment of the Poor

 

Mletiko, 30 November 2013

This is the title of Chapter 1 of the just published edited book The Environment of the Poor in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific. The editors (Aris Ananta, Armin Bauer, and Myo Thant) concluded that there is no trade-off between poverty reduction, improving the quality of the environment, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. They argued that it is possible to have a triple-win option, to simultaneously reduce poverty and inequality, improving the quality of environment, and mitigating as well adapting to climate change.

To make this option implemented successfully, policy makers need to go beyond conventional growth-oriented economic development models. Policy makers should make a broader set of development indicators. This set of indicator should include reduction of poverty and inequality, improvement in the quality of environment, and better mitigation as well as adaption to climate change.

Policy makers should have strong and far-sighted public policies. Simultaneously, private sectors should be encouraged to invest in environmently friendly businesses.

The book provides empirical evidence and observations from sixteen case studies in Southeast and East Asia, and the Pacific. It argues that a spatial approach focussing on the environments in which the poor and vulnerable live would trigger changes for development policies and implementation that better balance environment and social concerns. The post-2015 development agenda should bring the environment and poverty agenda closer. (*)

This book emerged from a cooperation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in partnership with experts from research institutes and think-tanks in the Asian region.

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Environmentally Friendly Development: A Primary Objective of Development

Aris Ananta

Background and Objectives

Environmental objectives are sometimes seen as contradictory to development objectives. We hear how environmental sustainability is said to  hamper economic growth, and a trade-off is often said to exist  between the two.  This question of trade-off arises because we  equate economic growth as development, that economic growth is the primary objective of development.

However,  we  should realize that economic growth is not one of the objectives of development. Economic growth is only of the means (though important) to achieve the objectives of development. At the same time, environmental sustainability is one of the  important objectives of development. The other two important objectives of development are people centred development and justice.  With this framework, economic growth is supposed to create environmental sustainability, people centred development and justice. If economic growth cannot help achieving these objectives, then we should lower the economic growth.

This note is a critique to the mainstream economic analysis which focuses on economic growth. It discusses the three objectives  of development in more details, especially showing the contrasting difference with the mainstream economic analysis, often taught in many faculties/ departments of economic worldwide. It then  proposes some  statistics needed to monitor development using these three objectives. Finally, it concludes that greediness (murko, in Javanese) is the source of many crises now threatening the world, including the threat from global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

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KRISIS GLOBAL: APA YANG HARUS KITA PERBUAT?

Aris Ananta

4 April 2012

Dunia dalam kondisi yang tidak menentu. Dalam waktu yang sama, kita semua akan menghadapi empat macam krisis global, yang bermuara dari masalah dan lokasi geografis yang berbeda-beda. Kesemuanya bersumber dari “keserakahan” manusia, yang dapat disebut sebagai krisis kemanusiaan. Manusia yang serakah tak pernah puas dengan apa yang mereka miliki. Untuk memperoleh apa yang mereka ingingkan, mereka tak peduli dengan dampak negatif pada lingkungan, pada masyarakat, bahkan pada keluarga dan dirinya sendiri. Keinginan mereka  terus meningkat dan makin sulit dipuaskan, walau telah melampaui kemampuan mereka  untuk membiayai konsumsi tersebut. Mereka berani berhutang dan mereka ini sasaran empuk para pemberi hutang.

Selanjutnya, silakan baca Krisis Global: Apa yang Harus Kita Perbuat?

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Paradigma Pembangunan Ekonomi Dinilai Salah

Koran  Jakarta, 14 Desember 2011

DEPOK – Telah terjadi kesalahan paradigma dalam pembangunan ekonomi Indonesia, yakni menganggap pertumbuhan sebagai tujuan. Padahal, pertumbuhan hanyalah salah satu alat untuk mencapai pembangunan. “Seharusnya, paradigma yang dikembangkan adalah pembangunan ekonomi yang bertujuan untuk menyejahterakan rakyat,” kata Guru Besar FEUI Aris Ananta dalam acara “Research Day” FEUI di Depok, Selasa (13/12).

Baca selanjutnya di  Paradigma Pembangunan Ekonomi Dinilai Salah

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