Importance of social actors' diversity in disaster situations for empowerment processes


The most important factor that facilitates the start-up and/or the strengthening of empowerment processes in a specific area is the presence of a significant set of different actors: "common citizens", local authorities, business (SMEs and other enterprises), professionals, scientific community (university, research centres, etc.), media, etc. We will see that the existence of partnerships and alliances facilitate empowerment actions and the factor considered here is a pre-requisite. In the majority of the 25 considered practices empowerment is based on the involvement of different partners.

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