Empowerment refers to strategies and measures that enable people to represent and shape their interests in a self-sustained, self-responsible and self-determined way. Empowerment takes place when disadvantaged people are encouraged to find and develop their own strengths and abilities in order to enhance their living conditions and development opportunities – without having to depend on the benevolence of members of majorities.

Fundamental practices of empowerment include helping overcome isolation, encouraging group consciousness, strengthening self-confidence and developing coping strategies. The aim is for objects to become subjects, to take an active role instead of being a passive victim.

(Source: ADB)