Deltagelsesbaseret udvikling - Empowerment?

Svate Aasbjerg Thygesen, Sune Rahbek Thuesen, Rikke Berg Christensen, Vogelius David, Emilie Marie & Jonas Fredslund Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract This project examines which limitations and opportunities NGO’s practicing participatory development experience when attempting to empower marginalised people in the global south. To elaborate the research question the project focuses on three cases concerning Participatory Rural Appraisal conducted by the NGO’s World Neighbours, Society for People’s Education and Economic Change, and ActionAid The Gambia. The three cases are localised in Kenya, India, and The Gambia. Robert Chambers' theory on participatory development is scrutinised by means of critique articulated by David Mosse, Giles Mohan, Irene Guijt, and Meera Shah et cetera. Futhermore the project includes Amartya Sen’s Capability approach and Rights-based development, to shed light on participatory development in a wider perspective. In conclusion it is observed that the practice of participatory development entails several limitations. In spite of the many challenges it is considered that the development paradigm has the potential to generate development on a micro-level provided that the proper conditions present. Said conditions can however be difficult to create.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereLaurids Sandager Lauridsen


  • empowerment
  • participatory development