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Human Autonomy Effectiveness and Development Projects

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  • Mirtha R. Muñiz Castillo
  • Des Gasper
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    This article calls for a new focus in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects, moving away from an abstract conception of “the project” and the goods it is intended to deliver, to a more meaningful concept of people as agents of change. Participation in a project leads to empowerment when people are self-motivated and involved in processes that they value, which achieve outcomes that they value. The article proposes a “human autonomy effectiveness” criterion relevant for sustainable human development; and then develops an analytical approach to assess a project's influence on human autonomy, with reference to changes in the determinants of autonomy (agency powers, access to resources and socio-structural contexts) and to relevant decision-making practices during the project.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Oxford Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (October)
    Pages: 49-67

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:40:y:2012:i:1:p:49-67
    DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2011.646975
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