Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives
A perfect storm
Aid organizations have their origins in a desire to help the world’s poorest and most marginalized people – but are they reaching these people? Factors are coming together that put pressure on NGOs working in development: the economic crisis, the growing conditionality of aid, and increased competition for funding between NGOs. This creates ‘a perfect storm’ driven by a new language of aid, policies and procedures leaving poor women behind. This book explores how international NGOs are navigating these rapid changes that challenge their role and legitimacy, values, and overall purpose. The writers see a crisis for NGOs as they are pulled further from those they claim to work with; they also explore alternative ways of conceptualizing development, and of bringing about improvements for the most marginalized and increasingly ‘unheard’ women.
This book is essential reading for development practitioners and those working on women’s rights, as well as NGO staff , researchers, and students of development studies.
Table of Contents
Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter
Section One – A Perfect Storm
2.Development from the ground: A worm’s eye view
3.Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty – theories of change and some alternatives
4. Losing Sight of our Purpose?
5. Can girls save the world?
Kate Grosser and Nikki van der Gaag
6. Lost in Translation: Gender Mainstreaming in Afghanistan
7. Insulating the Developing Classes
8. Reconnecting Development Policy, People and History
Section Two – Changing conversations
9. Taking our lead from reality - an open practice for social development
10. Women on wheels
11.Too young to be women, too old to be girls: The [Un]Changing Aid landscape and the reality of girls at risk
12. Looking Beyond the Numbers: reducing violence against women in Ghana
13. From local to global and back again – learning from Stepping Stones
14.Peace Practice Examined
15. I don’t know ... and related thoughts
16.Apolitical stories of sanitation and suffering women
‘This is a wake-up call to those in the development industry who are driving the current obsession with results.’Professor Andrea Cornwall, Department of Anthropology, Sussex University
‘Anyone with a personal or professional interest in development, let alone gender and development, should read this important book.’Sylvia Chant, Professor of Development Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science
‘This book is far more than a critique. The authors also offer positive examples from around the world about how conversations, evidence and relationships can be approached completely differently.’Emma Crewe, Visiting Reader and Research Associate, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London
||A perfect storm
||Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter with Mark Ralph-Bowman
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