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DPU's Alexandre Apsan Frediani's co-edited book on the capability approach published

3 June 2019

The book, The Capability Approach, Empowerment and Participation, has been published co-edited by Alexandre Apsan Frediani with David Alexander Clark and Mario Biggeri

The Capability Approach, Empowerment and Participation

The book, co-edited by DPU's Alexandre Apsan Frediani, explores the linkages between Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach and participatory forms of development – especially those associated with critical pedagogy and empowerment from the bottom-up. It shows how the capability approach and the participatory movement can complement and reinforce each other helping to ensure that democratic principles are respected and become the foundation for sustainable human development.

The Capability Approach provides guiding principles for protecting the transformative roots of participation (safeguarding ownership, accountability and empowerment), while participation delivers vital methods for making the Capability Approach operational. Divided into three overlapping parts that focus on concepts, methods and applications, this work draws on diverse fieldwork experiences to unpack power relations, address adaptive preferences, explore individual and collective agency, consider new partnerships for development, and develop innovative concepts.

'The Capability Approach, Empowerment and Participation' has been published by Palgrave Macmillan and is available here (link)