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Robin Broad is professor, international development program, School of International
Service, American University in Washington, DC and author of several books on
development and the international financial institutions. This article is adapted and
condensed, with permission, from: Robin Broad, “Research, Knowledge, and the Art of
‘Paradigm Maintenance’: The World Bank’s Development Economics Vice-Presidency (DEC)” published in the Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 13, No. 3, August 2006, pp 387-419. The adapted article was published by the Bretton Woods Project, London.
Carmina Flores-Obanil is the coordinator of the Land Tenure Center of the Philippine Center for Rural Development Studies, Inc. (Centro Saka, Inc.). Mary Ann Manahan is a researcher with Focus on the Global South, Philippines Programme and a member of the Land Research Action Network (LRAN).
Tatiana Roa Avendaño is a member of Censat Agua Viva and Amigos de la Tierra/Colombia.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a leader of a group of farmers seeking land reform was wounded in a shooting at 6pm on 30 October 2006. The attack on Ronald Ocson (41), president of the Asao Farmers and Residents Association (AFRA), took place almost three weeks after he and his fellow villagers were also violently allegedly attacked by armed goons of an influential landlord in Barangay (village) Lawis, Balasan, Iloilo.
There are two levels of participation in LRAN, Affiliation and Membership. Individuals and organizations must met the criteria spelled out below and may apply for Affiliation by filling out the form on this web site.
LRAN is a response to a gap in research/analysis support for grassroots movements around the world who are engaged in struggles over access to land and other resources.