Empowerment means increasing the scope for action, autonomy, and self-determination of individuals and groups. It is especially important for people and communities who have been excluded from democratic processes on the basis of their social affiliation. To enable sustainable development, such groups must be able to pursue their interests in an informed, responsible, and independent manner. Consequently, empowerment also means emancipation from social norms and power structures.
Based on methodologically diverse analyses, CDE generates robust data and makes it accessible to wider populations. By means of local capacity development, CDE fosters the inclusion and participation of affected actors in decision-making processes. Particularly regarding questions of land use, food systems, and labour conditions, CDE’s approach strengthens the representation of marginalized interests – including those of indigenous people and women – and thus contributes to sustainable decision-making.
Agroecology and safe food system transitions in Southeast Asia (ASSET)
Feminization, agricultural transition, and rural employment – FATE
Governance processes and impacts of extractive industries in Madagascar
Landscape stewardship for nature and people
Towards Food Sustainability
Why do we work? Labour and agroecological transition in sub-Saharan Africa – AgroWork
Constitutionality: Bottom-up institution building
Social Innovation in marginalized rural areas of Europe – SIMRA
TABI – The Agrobiodiversity Initiative
The Lao DECIDE info Project
Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia