From ‘Empowerment’ to Releasing the Power – IMAGO’s Newsletter

The latest issue of The IMAGO Insider, our quarterly newsletter is here! From ‘Empowerment’ to Releasing the Power addresses issues of agency, multidimensional poverty, the role of government in addressing the challenges of poverty and the ‘missing middle’ in development. We apprecite this opportunity to share with you some of our most recent ideas, work...

An Ethiopian women holds a land certificate. Photo credit: USAID

Ideas, Evidence and Intuitions: mental health, agency, and voice

This week’s IEI takes a look at the role of mental health and psychotherapy in improving both economic and overall well-being, understanding how government interventions intersect with activating agency, and amplifying unheard voices. The effects of psychotherapy-trained health workers in Pakistan. Cognitive behavioral therapy, focusing on psychological affirmation makes a difference to...

Poverty Stoplight's participatory multidimensional poverty surveys in use in the field.

Activating Agency or Nudging?

By Michael Walton Two ideas in development – activating agency of citizens and using “nudges” to change their behavior – seem diametrically opposed in spirit: activating latent agency at the ground level versus  top-down designs that exploit people’s behavioral responses. Yet both start from a psychological focus and a belief that changes...