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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Poverty reduction on a large scale depends on empowering those who are most
motivated to move out of poverty?—poor people themselves. But if empowerment
cannot be measured, it will not be taken seriously in development policy making
and programming. Building on the award-winning 'Empowerment and Poverty
Reduction' sourcebook, this volume outlines a conceptual framework that can be
used to monitor and evaluate programs centered on empowerment approaches. It
presents the perspectives of 27 distinguished researchers and practitioners in
economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and
demography, all of whom are grappling in different ways with the challenge of
measuring empowerment. The authors draw from their research and experiences at
different levels, from households to communities to nations, in various regions
of the world. 'Measuring Empowerment' is an invaluable resource for planners,
practitioners, evaluators, and students—indeed for all who are interested in
approaches to poverty reduction that address issues of inequitable power
relations. Note on cover: The picture of the woman in burqa is from the front
page of a leading newspaper in India, the day after elections in the state of
Mahashtra. The woman holds up her finger, marked by indelible ink to show that
she has just voted and exercised her right and freedom to choose the leaders of
her state of almost 100 million people.