Human Autonomy Effectiveness and Development Projects

Muñiz Castillo, Mirtha R. and Gasper, Des, (2012). Human Autonomy Effectiveness and Development Projects. Oxford Development Studies, (1), 49-67

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  • Sub-type Journal article
    Author Muñiz Castillo, Mirtha R.
    Gasper, Des
    Title Human Autonomy Effectiveness and Development Projects
    Appearing in Oxford Development Studies
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication N/A
    Publisher Informa UK Limited
    Start page 49
    End page 67
    Abstract This article calls for a new focus in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects, moving away from an abstract conception of “the project” and the goods it is intended to deliver, to a more meaningful concept of people as agents of change. Participation in a project leads to empowerment when people are self-motivated and involved in processes that they value, which achieve outcomes that they value. The article proposes a “human autonomy effectiveness” criterion relevant for sustainable human development; and then develops an analytical approach to assess a project's influence on human autonomy, with reference to changes in the determinants of autonomy (agency powers, access to resources and socio-structural contexts) and to relevant decision-making practices during the project.
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    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1080/13600818.2011.646975
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