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An assessment of empowerment through highly participatory asset-based community development in Myanmar

Ware, Anthony 2013, An assessment of empowerment through highly participatory asset-based community development in Myanmar, Development bulletin : challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice, vol. 75, pp. 110-114.

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Title An assessment of empowerment through highly participatory asset-based community development in Myanmar
Author(s) Ware, Anthony
Journal name Development bulletin : challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice
Volume number 75
Start page 110
End page 114
Total pages 5
Publisher Australian National University
Place of publication Canberra, A. C. T.
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1035-1132
Keyword(s) Myanmar
asset-based community development
empowerment
community-led approaches
human rights violations
Summary Asset-based community development (ABCD) is a highly participatory approach to development that seeks to empower communities to draw on tangible and social community assets to manage their own development. The strength of ABCD is its ability to facilitate people imagining their world differently, resulting in action to change their circumstances. Previous research has shown international non-government organisations have found highly participatory, community-led approaches to development to have been particularly effective forms of poverty mitigation and community empowerment within Myanmar, even before the current reforms, which is surprising given the restrictive socio-political context created by authoritarian rule by a regime with an international reputation for human rights violations. 

This paper documents ABCD programs within Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Asia suffering major underdevelopment and ranking poorly across a wide range of socioeconomic indicators. It explores the operation, effectiveness and reasons behind the success of ABCD programs in this environment, and reflects on the role of outsiders in ABCD in the light of underlying theory and this contemporary experience. This research draws largely on recent field interviews and personal experience working in this sector within Myanmar, as well as surveying a number of evaluation reports which have been made publically available.
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Language eng
Field of Research 160505 Economic Development Policy
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 940302 International Aid and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Australian National University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056780

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