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Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives

A perfect storm
Edited By Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter with Mark Ralph-Bowman

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  • Synopsis
    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
    1.Introduction
    Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter
    Section One – A Perfect Storm
    2.Development from the ground: A worm’s eye view
    Stan Thekaekara
    3.Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty – theories of change and some alternatives
    Chris Mowles
    4. Losing Sight of our Purpose?
    Suzanne Walker
    5. Can girls save the world?
    Kate Grosser and Nikki van der Gaag
    6. Lost in Translation: Gender Mainstreaming in Afghanistan
    Anastasiya Hozyainova
    7. Insulating the Developing Classes
    Tom Scott-Smith
    8. Reconnecting Development Policy, People and History
    David Lewis
    Section Two – Changing conversations
    9. Taking our lead from reality - an open practice for social development
    David Harding
    10. Women on wheels
    Meenu Vadera
    11.Too young to be women, too old to be girls: The [Un]Changing Aid landscape and the reality of girls at risk
    Seri Wendoh
    12. Looking Beyond the Numbers: reducing violence against women in Ghana
    Kanwal Ahluwalia
    13. From local to global and back again – learning from Stepping Stones
    Alice Welbourn
    14.Peace Practice Examined
    Bridget Walker
    15. I don’t know ... and related thoughts
    Ashish Shah
    16.Apolitical stories of sanitation and suffering women
    Deepa Joshi
    17.Conclusion
    Tina Wallace
  • Endorsements
    ‘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
  • Details
    Sub Title A perfect storm
    Author No
    Editor Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter with Mark Ralph-Bowman
    Number of Pages 256