Development

Reflections from Rio+20 part 1: “Women working in development organizations are not allowed to be feminists”

In this post, Caitlin Fisher talks about the Rio+20 conference held in June 2012. She talks about the status quo she experienced in the discourse and retells a meeting with a development professional she met on a bus. This post is the first one out of two. The second one can be found here.   This past June I attended […]

Legislative Elections in Algeria: No Algerian Spring but a Women’s Spring Instead

 In this post, Latefa Guemar  argues that, following the Arab spring the Algerian regime fell back onto “populism” by once again using women to negotiate and maintain power, and as was believed at the time, stability.  In fact, no-one, except for the women, has engaged with serious measures of social transformation that might reshape both the “democratic” and the “popular” […]

“How can these women pay back their loans when they lie on their mats all day?”

Bobby Macaulay is a former researcher at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and an expert in social business and community development. In this piece he discusses, through reference to Mozambique, whether miocrofinance can or should alter societal values or practices and queries its ability to foster real societal change. In the summer of 2011 I was asked to go to Mozambique […]

January 16th, 2012|Development|1 Comment|

Beyond micro-credit: an evolving microfinance

Microfinance is evolving and our understanding of it must too. Joanna Wilkin, drawing on her research and her experience working in microfinance for BRAC, argues that we need to reconceptualise microfinance and its priorities and to increase and extend access to financial tools to those previously ignored by the formal financial system, whilst keeping the role of governance, regulation and […]

November 29th, 2011|Development, Politics|1 Comment|

Findings from the Third Survey on Chinese Women’s Social Status

Yang Shen, a PhD student at the Gender Institute, discusses the Third Survey on Chinese Women’s Social Status. According to the survey, the status of women has improved in the last 10 years. However, the discrepancies between urban and rural women and between men and women are still substantive. Hence, China still has a long way to go in order […]

November 3rd, 2011|Development, Society|6 Comments|

The gendering of spaces in Ciudad Juarez: a comment on Dr Wright’s lecture

Lauren Maffeo is studying an MSc in Gender, Media and Culture at the LSE’s Gender Institute. In this post she discusses Dr Melissa Wright’s recent talk at the LSE about the gendering of spaces through the drug war violence in Mexico. For those of the equality post-feminist persuasion, the idea of feminism is finished. This is not because it is […]

Does the World Bank need an expanded notion of institutions to take gender into account?

Josephine Tsui, a gender consultant for theIDLgroup, reviews the 2012 World Bank World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development arguing that, while its recognition of the importance of gender equality independently of its positive economic effects represents a step forward, its narrow definition of institutions keeps it from taking into account the gendered nature of markets, households, or the […]

Sex and Development

Dr. Gwendolyn Beetham discusses some recent episodes of gendered power in global governance institutions, arguing that the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal and other well-publicized incidents should be seen less as unfortunate but separate incidents than as evidence for continuing structural inequalities. This summer was a lively one for those interested in the intersection of sex and development. The world’s media watched […]

October 17th, 2011|Development, Politics|0 Comments|

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