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Whether guaranteeing access to justice, promoting norms of equality and respect, ensuring access to quality essential services, or supporting citizens' organization and voice, governments can play an important role in the empowerment of poor and excluded groups and individuals. Reviewing dozens of case studies, along with the latest conceptual work on empowerment, this paper shows that states can draw on a vast repertoire of tools, research and practical experience, in pursuit of such goals.

What Can Governments Do To Empower Poor People?