This chapter will serve as an introduction to some of the Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research (IMIFAP) programs whose outcomes went beyond the directly targeted changes in knowledge, skills and behaviors. It was these non-targeted results and the close analysis of the underlying factors that lead to the idea of developing a framework as a means of making Sen’s Human Capabilities Approach operative. Five short stories of IMIFAP program participants provide the “human face” of development, and emphasize the role of the individual role in community development. These are supplemented with descriptions of IMIFAP’s school-based and community programs for life skills, health promotion and poverty reduction.
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