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Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development

Susan Pick and Jenna Sirkin


Many international development efforts have been limited because they are elaborated as exclusively economic projects. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen argues, however, that combating poverty requires expanding individual freedoms and capabilities, in place of bolstering only macroeconomic growth. Based on the work of IMIFAP (The Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research) in Mexico and Latin America, this book seeks to transform Sen’s philosophical approach into an operative model for sustainable development through its Framework for Enabling Empowerment (FrEE). The book offers a new, prac ... More

Keywords: Mexico, IMIFAP, health, education, Latin America, poverty, Framework for Enabling Empowerment, Sen, development, empowerment, psychology, capabilities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Pick, author
Mexican Institute for Research on Family and Population

Jenna Sirkin, author