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Empowerment: A Buzzword that Needs Revisiting

Since the late 1970s, the term ‘empowerment’ has been liberally applied by academics and aid workers in the English-speaking world, including in social services, social psychology, public health, and adult literacy and community development. The field of international development has also embraced the term enthusiastically and the idea of empowerment features prominently in the current discourse of international development organisations. Associated with alternative approaches to development questioning the top-down model of development, the term has been initially used by the...

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