Empowerment describes the process of “enhancing a disadvantaged individual’s or group’s capacity to make choices and transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes”. Empowerment implies an increase in people’s control over their own lives, and is determined by a combination of agency and external environment.
The Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) recognises the inextricable link that exists between empowerment and poverty reduction. The programme therefore invests significant efforts in enhancing levels of empowerment amongst core participant households (CPHHs), by stimulating an increase in personal and collective agency, as well as by improving the external environment on the chars. The CLP pays particular attention to the empowerment of women and adolescent girls, as they are often the most vulnerable members of society and hence a priority group.
This baseline survey is part of a three-fold methodology, consisting of a panel survey, focus group discussions and longitudinal case studies, in which the overall objective is to enable CLP-2 to gain adequate insight into the impact of the programme on levels of empowerment. The survey was conducted between June and July 2010; among a sample of 410 cohort 2.1 CPHHs. Respondents were core participants of the programme, their husbands and daughters. Results from this survey indicate that levels of empowerment amongst households, women and adolescent girls are low regarding a wide range of issues.
Helmich, R. Empowerment Baseline Survey 2010 (CLP2.1). (2010) 32 pp.