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Empowerment in Practice : From Analysis to Implementation


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  • Ruth Alsop
  • Mette Bertelsen
  • Jeremy Holland
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    This book represents an effort to present an easily accessible framework to readers, especially those for whom empowerment remains a puzzling development concern, conceptually and in application. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 explains how the empowerment framework can be used for understanding, measuring, monitoring, and operationalizing empowerment policy and practice. Part 2 presents summaries of each of the five country studies, using them to discuss how the empowerment framework can be applied in very different country and sector contexts and what lessons can be learned from these test cases. While this book can offer only a limited empirical basis for the positive association between empowerment and development outcomes, it does add to the body of work supporting the existence of such a relationship. Perhaps more importantly, it also provides a framework for future research to test the association and to prioritize practical interventions seeking to empower individuals and groups.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 6980 and published in 2006.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-6450-5
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    Keywords: Rural Development - Community Based Rural Development Gender - Gender and Social Development Social Development - Civil Society Rural Development - Regional Rural Development Poverty Monitoring and Analysis Poverty Reduction;


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    1. Sabina Alkire, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Amber Peterman, Agnes R. Quisumbing, Greg Seymour and Ana Vaz, 2013. "The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index," OPHI Working Papers, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford ophiwp058, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
    2. Bhagowalia, Priya & Menon, Purnima & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Soundararajan, Vidhya, 2012. "What Dimensions of Women’s Empowerment Matter Most for Child Nutrition? Evidence Using Nationally Representative Data from Bangladesh:," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1192, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    3. B. P., Asalatha, 2009. "Women’s Development and Development Discourse," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 43934, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2009.
    4. Alkire, Sabina & Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela & Peterman, Amber & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Seymour, Greg & Vaz, Ana, 2012. "The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index:," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1240, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    5. Caroline Moser & Andrew Norton & Alfredo Stein & Sophia Georgieva, 2010. "Pro-Poor Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Centers : Case Studies of Vulnerability and Resilience in Kenya and Nicaragua," World Bank Other Operational Studies, The World Bank 3001, The World Bank.
    6. Victor, Bart & Fischer, Edward F. & Cooil, Bruce & Vergara, Alfredo & Mukolo, Abraham & Blevins, Meridith, 2013. "Frustrated Freedom: The Effects of Agency and Wealth on Wellbeing in Rural Mozambique," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 30-41.
    7. World Bank, 2009. "Unleashing the Potential of Ethiopian Women : Trends and Options for Economic Empowerment," World Bank Other Operational Studies, The World Bank 18862, The World Bank.
    8. Nicola Banks, 2014. "Livelihoods Limitations: The Political Economy of Urban Poverty in Bangladesh," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series, BWPI, The University of Manchester 19914, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    9. Fofana, Ismaël & Corong, Erwin & Chatti, Rim & Bouazouni, Omar, 2012. "Taxation policy and gender employment in the Middle East and North Africa Region: A comparative analysis of Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1227, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    10. Elizaveta Perova & Renos Vakis, 2013. "Improving Gender and Development Outcomes through Agency : Policy Lessons from Three Peruvian Experiences," World Bank Other Operational Studies, The World Bank 16259, The World Bank.
    11. Vijayamohanan, Pillai N. & Asalatha, B. P. & Ponnuswamy, B., 2009. "Women in Development – Dissecting the Discourse," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 13119, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Luis Fernando Gamboa & Paul Andrés Rodríguez, 2014. "Do Colombian students underestimate higher education returns?," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO 012050, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.


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