Why is empowerment important? Simply put, it enables people to direct and control their own lives, to set goals and to define their destinies. When implementing a development project, there is often an assumption, and sometimes a stated objective, that empowerment will be achieved. However, without a clear and comprehensive understanding of empowerment, it is difficult to know whether such an objective has been achieved.
The framework was initially developed as a tool for creating a survey instrument to assess empowerment among male and female participants in the Commonwealth of Learning‘s Lifelong Learning for Farmers Programme. A related study was published in the Journal of Learning for Development under the title “From Learning to Empowerment: A study of smallholder farmers in South West Uganda”.