Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

ABSTRACT ‘Empowerment’ is often said to be a key objective of policies aiming to improve the lives of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This paper contends that Sen and Nussbaum’s influential ‘capability’ approach provides an appropriate means of operationalising this arguably nebulous concept. Via a critique of work-focused social enterprises in the homelessness field, … [Read More] Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

A Critique of the Active Ageing Index – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights The active ageing index (AAI) is a major policy tool to monitor active ageing. We offer a comprehensive critical analysis of the AAI and of its usefulness. The AAI models ageing and older people, with ingrained a priori assumptions. The AAI does not account for capabilities, resources and preferences. The AAI suffers from several … [Read More] A Critique of the Active Ageing Index – Journal of Aging Studies

Exploring the Role of the Capability Approach in Social Innovation – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

ABSTRACT The emergence of the co-operative movement in the nineteenth century with Robert Owen’s work in particular promoted innovation in the social field. In more recent times, the application of the concept has been in a wide range of sectors from civil society, government and the corporate world. The paper uses the Capability Approach (CA) … [Read More] Exploring the Role of the Capability Approach in Social Innovation – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Social Innovation and Human Development: How the capabilities approach and social innovation theory mutually support each other – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

ABSTRACT In light of the growing importance of social innovations in addressing the big social challenges, this article examines the need to develop a concept of social innovation as an analytical category. As such, social innovation is grounded in social theory, which looks at its various manifestations, actors and cultural contexts as well as its … [Read More] Social Innovation and Human Development: How the capabilities approach and social innovation theory mutually support each other – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Investing in Early Childhood Development: Essential interventions, family contexts, and broader policies – Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities

ABSTRACT Access to quality early childhood development (ECD), care, and pre-primary education is essential for child development and is now recognized as a priority under the Sustainable Development Goals. Investments in ECD by major donors have been rising rapidly in recent years. This makes the task of understanding better what works to promote ECD, and … [Read More] Investing in Early Childhood Development: Essential interventions, family contexts, and broader policies – Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities

Measurement of Early Childhood Development and Learning under the Sustainable Development Goals – Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities

ABSTRACT Children’s early development serves as the foundation for later health, learning and well-being. The inclusion of early childhood development (ECD) in the Sustainable Development Goals implies that countries must report on the percentage of children under 5 years of age who are “developmentally on track.” This note briefly reflects on the history of global … [Read More] Measurement of Early Childhood Development and Learning under the Sustainable Development Goals – Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities

Maximizing Child Development: Three Principles for Policy-makers – Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities

ABSTRACT The policy note advances three inter-related principles to guide policy-makers and agents in international development organizations to prioritize their actions. These principles are drawn from findings from two Early Childhood Development (ECD) reports recently completed by the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group—one on the World Bank support for ECD and the other a systematic … [Read More] Maximizing Child Development: Three Principles for Policy-makers – Journal Of Human Development And Capabilities

A Capability Approach to Unemployed Young People’s Voice and Agency in the Development and Implementation of Employment Activation Policies – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT In the UK, current approaches to employment activation are primarily concerned with rapid labour market entry, with jobseekers compelled to engage in activities or be sanctioned. The Capability Approach (CA) has been proposed as an alternative framework to measure successful employment activation. It is concerned with what people can do rather than what they … [Read More] A Capability Approach to Unemployed Young People’s Voice and Agency in the Development and Implementation of Employment Activation Policies – Social Policy & Administration

Education, Social Justice and School Diversity: Insights from the Capability Approach – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

ABSTRACT This paper offers a theoretical exploration of the impact of diversity in schools on attitudes to inequality in students’ later life. Reflecting on recent changes on the school system in England, and building on work on how values are formed and how inequalities between groups may be either perpetuated or changed, it seeks to … [Read More] Education, Social Justice and School Diversity: Insights from the Capability Approach – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Curious Case of Using the Capability Approach in Australian Indigenous Policy – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

ABSTRACT The capability approach has been recently used in Australian Indigenous policy formation. What is curious about this use is how the approach has been used in some instances to justify current paternalistic and instructive policies for Indigenous Australians including behavioural conditions to welfare payments and income management—policy apparatuses aimed to create individual responsibility and … [Read More] Curious Case of Using the Capability Approach in Australian Indigenous Policy – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

The Family Accompaniment of Persons with Dementia Seen Through the Lens of the Capability Approach – Dementia

ABSTRACT Using the capability approach initially developed by A Sen as a theoretical framework, this paper analyses both what people with dementia and their families do in response to difficulties in their daily life brought about by the disease, and the reasons they give for acting as they do. Individual and collective interviews and ethnographic … [Read More] The Family Accompaniment of Persons with Dementia Seen Through the Lens of the Capability Approach – Dementia

Supporting Disadvantaged Young People into Work: Insights from the Capability Approach – Social Policy Administration

ABSTRACT The Capability Approach (CA) offers a perspective on the employment activation of young people that is concerned with their freedom to make choices that they value rather than focusing solely on outcomes, such as having to take any job. It incorporates empowerment and the individual and external conversion factors that influence the conversion of … [Read More] Supporting Disadvantaged Young People into Work: Insights from the Capability Approach – Social Policy Administration

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