Development: Gender Matters

June 1, 2011 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

This article from the journal Gender, Technology and Development provides a striking illustration of the importance of understanding gender relationships when designing development programs.  “Empowerment and Disempowerment of Forest Women in Uttarakhand, India” examines the community impacts of a World Bank-funded forestry project.  “Instead of increasing women’s empowerment, the top-down interventions… are doing the opposite by disrupting and marginalizing their own struggles and achievements, transferring power and authority to the forest department and local elite men,” the author notes.

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