Social movements have great potential in empowering marginalised people and in reducing poverty. But donors working with social movements need to recognise that social movements have long‐term goals that cannot be fitted neatly into project cycles and that "empowerment"
through social movements entails a certain degree of politicisation. Although they may wish to maintain neutrality, they need to be willing to take that risk. Donors can facilitate empowerment by supporting institutions and activities including Ombudsman functions that
offset attempts by governments, private companies and national elites to weaken, de‐legitimise, incorporate or repress social movements advocating the interests of poor people.