OPHI has published a new Working Paper 69 titled Psychological Agency: Evidence from the urban fringe of Bamako by Elise Klein. This paper contributes to the definition and examination of psychological elements of agency and empowerment in the development literature. Currently an examination of the psychological literature reveals a lack of empirical research related to non-Western contexts and development policy. Instead, empowerment is generally defined as a favourable opportunity structure, as choice, or as the distribution of power. Klein present the results of an empirical study using inductive mixed methods to examine the central factors contributing to initiatives people undertake to improve personal and collective well-being in Bamako, Mali. It finds that informants articulated that the psychological concepts of dusu (internal motivation) and ka da I yèrè la (self-efficacy) were most important to their purposeful agency.
You can read OPHI Working Paper 69 in full here.