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Poverty Reduction and Pro-Poor Growth: The Role of Empowerment - Product Image

Poverty Reduction and Pro-Poor Growth: The Role of Empowerment

  • ID: 2125562
  • April 2012
  • 297 Pages
  • OECD Publishing

Inequity and power imbalances, adverse employment conditions and the lack of economic opportunities or control over assets are all manifestations of peoples' disempowerment and contribute to their poverty. The empowerment of poor people secures their rights and drives pro-poor growth. However, empowerment must happen through people's own actions and is enabled by a supportive environment which donors can help strengthen. Empowerment takes time, sustained engagement and the ability to balance short-term results with long term impacts. Aid instruments should be designed to facilitate empowerment and encourage its multi-dimensional effects.

Within their projects and programmes, donors must deal with inequitable power relations and be aware of their own role within such relations. The Policy Guidance Note “Empowerment for pro-poor growth” which opens this collection of ten Good Practice Notes, considers the causal relationship between empowerment and pro-poor growth: how inequity and power imbalances lead to both market failures and political, social and legal inequities that prevent poor people from investing in raising their productivity and production to increase READ MORE >

Part I. Policy Guidance Note: The role of empowerment for poverty reduction and growth

-Empowerment and pro-poor growth
-Domains of empowerment
-Implications for donor practice

Part II. Good Practice Notes

-1. Empowerment of poor rural people through initiatives in agriculture and natural resource management
-2. Women's economic empowerment
-3. Empowerment through local citizenship
-4. Empowerment in fragile states and situations of fragility
-5. Decent work and empowerment for pro-poor growth
-6. Legal empowerment of the poor and its relation to pro-poor growth
-7. Empowerment and equity
-8. Working with social movements
-9. Monitoring and evaluating empowerment processes
-10. Empowerment sustainability and phasing out support to empowerment processes

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