capability approach

Exploring connections between social innovation, grassroots processes and human development: an analysis of alternative food networks in the city of Valencia (Spain)

This paper explores the contribution that the Capability Approach (CA) and Grassroots
Innovation (GI) literature can make to the area of Social Innovation (SI). The paper takes four concurrent dimensions of the SI literature (agents, purposes, drivers and processes) and crossfertilises them with the bottom‐up, people‐driven character of GI, and the concepts of agency, deliberative democracy and conversion factors from the CA. The result is the creation of a novel framework that we call grassroots social innovation for human development.

Challenging traditional logics of energy planning: a Capability Approach analysis of a Grassroots Innovation in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Small-scale renewable energy technologies can be Grassroots Innovations (GI) towards sustainable development. But developing grassroots initiatives is not an easy process. Through the lens of the Capability Approach, we look at an energy-based experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Under this approach, and conceiving GI as processes where peoples’ real options expand, we explore the social, environmental and personal conversion factors that are limiting the development of GI in the Ecuadorian energy field.
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