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Empowerment of beneficiaries in community development: understanding the concept and examining present practices


Md Yassin, Sulaiman and Abu Samah, Asnarulkhadi and Mohamed Shaffril, Hayrol Azril and Hassan, Md Salleh and Othman, Mohd Shahwahid and Abu Samah, Bahaman (2010) Empowerment of beneficiaries in community development: understanding the concept and examining present practices. In: International Conference on Agricultural Extension 2010 (AGREX’10): Empowering of Agri-Food Stakesholders in Facing Global Challenges Towards Sustainability, 26-28 Oct. 2010, Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort Putrajaya, Malaysia. (pp. 1008-1032).


The term empowerment has fast become the currency in many development projects involving beneficiaries, where their meaningful participation is deemed to be worthwhile and crucial to the success of such projects. Several techniques have been used in the past and lessons can be found as to the successes and failures of several approaches. However, many development agencies are still grappling with what should be the plausible components of an empowerment model and it remains to be further studied and discussed by experts and practitioners. This paper shall examine and analyse some examples of empowerment concepts and experiments in the past as well as relate to current and on-going empowerment strategies being developed and experimented with in Malaysia and in other countries. Salient constructs found to be successfully implemented and those that have failed shall be duly highlighted and discussed as to why they had been significant factors. Further discussion shall be made on the prospects of empowerment strategies in extension activities in the future.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Faculty of Human Ecology
Institute for Social Science Studies
Publisher: Centre for Extension, Entrepreneurship and Professional Advancement (APEEC), Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Empowerment strategies; Beneficiaries; Participation
Depositing User: Nursyafinaz Mohd Noh
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2015 03:24
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 09:09
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/39240
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