Conceptualising empowerment and the implications for pro poor growth

Published on 21 September 2008

A paper for the DAC Poverty Network.

This paper proposes a framework for how empowerment can be conceptually understood and operationally explored. It makes recommendations for forthcoming areas of work within the POVNET Work Programme on empowering poor women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth.  In responding to our terms of reference the authors have sought to introduce ideas and evidence from latest publications on this theme, combined with findings from our own research.


Rosalind Eyben

Emeritus Fellow

Honorary Associate

Naila Kabeer

Emiritus Fellow


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