Empowerment and International Development

International development theorists and practitioners agree that human empowerment is a necessary part of good development. This agreement is encouraging because attention and resources are being directed towards the important goal of empowering the oppressed…


Chapter One: The Economic Growth Approach and the Capability
Approach Compared Part I: A General Overview
A Brief History of Development Economics
The Economic Growth Perspective and the Capability Approach
Chapter Two: The Economic Growth Approach and the Capability Approach Compared Part II: A Closer Look
Heath, Education, Democracy, and Freedom for All: But Not in the
Same Way, or for the Same Reasons
The Concept and Role of Empowerment
Chapter Three: Can Pogge be Justified? A Response to Thomas
Pogge’s ‘Can the Capability Approach be Justified?’
Pogge’s (Mis)Representation of the Capability Approach
The Intrinsic Value of Capabilities and Functionings
Not by the Distribution of Resources Alone
“The Relevant Difference”
Natural Human Diversities
Chapter Four: Empowerment Concepts in Sen’s Version of the Capability Approach
Sen’s Key Distinctions and Concepts
Agency Freedom and Agency Achievements
Well-Being Freedom and Achievements
Chapter Five: Empowerment Concepts in Nussbaum’s Version of the Capability Approach
Nussbaum and Sen; Capabilities and Functionings; Agency and Well-Being
The List
Nussbaum’s List of Central Human Functional Capabilities
Chapter Six: Institutionalized Power and Empowerment
Part One: Institutionalized Power
Sex and Gender
Gender Roles and the Sanctity of Culture
Part Two: Sen, Institutionalized Power, and Empowerment
Survival Ratios, Inequalities, and Empowerment
Sen’s Contributions Examined
A Promising Direction: Kabeer’s Social Relations Approach

Author: Keleher, Loretta Wills

Source: University of Maryland

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