Réduction de la pauvreté

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


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ISBN : 9789264168343

Publication date

May 2012


It is the decisions and actions of poor people themselves that will bring about sustainable improvements in their lives and livelihoods. Inequitable power relations exclude poor people from decision-making and prevent them from taking action. Poor women and men need to gain and exert influence over the political, economic and social processes that determine and, all too often, constrain their livelihood opportunities. Sustainable poverty reduction needs poor people to be both the agents and beneficiaries of economic growth - to directly participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes.  Strengthening poor people’s organisations, providing them with more control over assets and promoting their influence in economic governance will improve the terms on which they engage in markets. This economic empowerment combined with political and social empowerment will make growth much more effective in reducing poverty.


This report aims to build donor understanding of empowerment and presents good practice on how donors can support empowerment processes through their development assistance. It presents a Policy Guidance Note and ten Good Practice Notes, providing sector-specific practical advice.



 Table of Contents


Part 1. Policy Guidance Note. The Role of Empowerment for Poverty Reduction and Growth

Economic growth needs to have a greater impact on poverty reduction if the Millennium Development Goals are to be met and the effects of the multiple global crises overcome. The empowerment of poor people secures their rights and drives pro-poor growth. This note explains how donors can help.

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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 Additional Material

The Good Practice Note and each of the Policy Guidance Notes are also available for download individually at www.oecd.org/dac/poverty/empowerment, along with a series of real-life stories of empowerment.