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This paper seeks to address the following questions: • Are the Capability Approach (CA) and the Human Development (HD) paradigm really influential in shaping development and social policies? To what extent? • What circumstances have helped – or constrained - the dissemination and the utilization of the CA and the Human Development idea? • How were Sen’s ideas concerning the CA and HD introduced in the design of some initiatives to reduce poverty in Mexico? What can be learned from this process? • What are the possibilities for the Human Development and Capability Approach in shaping policy directed toward an alleviation of poverty in Mexico?