By empowerment we mean the expansion of people’s capabilities, their access to opportunities, and their freedom to choose. It is the ability of every person to realise their full human potential. It means better health for every family and proper schooling for every child. It means having access to productive resources and well-functioning markets, as well as secure and transferrable rights over their property. It means the opportunity to earn a decent livelihood to care for one’s family, and to live the kind of life they value – with dignity and respect. It means creating a more equal society by caring and providing for those most in need with effective safety nets to ease their burden and soothe their suffering.
1. A New Culture of Politics
Democracy begins with a Constitution and the peaceful transfer of power to the winners of free and fair elections. The transformation to a new culture of politics, however, requires a more profound kind of democracy: one that is written in the hearts and minds of the people so that it that becomes a way of thinking and behaving. It means acting with integrity and fairness, respecting the rights and opinions of others, as well as the rules governing electoral processes and outcomes. A new culture of politics is only possible by electing strong and principled leaders whose commitment to democracy and our core human values never falters or waivers.