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Release of the Poor Through Education (ROPE) is a small development organization operating in a rural area of Tamil Nadu, Southern India. ROPE has chosen to focus and concentrate its efforts on upgrading the education, health and quality of life of the 5000 people resident in six small villages, as well as a nearby refugee village. This paper considers the rationale for the project, noting the central aim of using indigenous knowledge and skills to develop a self-reliant socioeconomic system. Abstract supplied by kind permission of CABI.

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