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People's own aspirations, decisions and actions are the driving force behind sustainable improvements in their lives and livelihoods. Inequitable power relations exclude poor people from decision‐making and prevent them from taking action. The Poverty Reduction Guidelines (OECD, 2001) elaborate a concept of poverty that is multidimensional and sees the lack of power as much a manifestation of poverty as low incomes, illiteracy and poor health. Empowerment of those living in poverty is, therefore, both a target and a critical driver of poverty reduction.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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