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SEAD connects poor people, activists, academics and development workers in the North and South, by raising awareness of similarities and differences between their respective poverties. For example, women in both regions are exploited by labour markets. By talking together, they discover why and can then take action. SEAD’s work started in Scotland, where people were initially reluctant to see themselves on a par with the developing world. Gray shows how attitudes changed, and why real empathy is vital if the South is going to accept Northern advice and aid, and if the North is going to learn from the South.

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