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Transforming Development

By Margaret Snyder
ISBN: 9781853393020
This books shows that women can be instrumental in expanding and democratizing national economies: creating wealth and family well-being. Through a history of UNIFEM, the author shows how the large-scale investments of governments, the World Bank, the United Nations and other organizations can become both more effectively and gender-sensitive.

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  • Synopsis
    Transforming Development is uniquely appropriate reading at a time when civil society and the private sector are popular concepts and foreign aid is under fire. This books shows that given the chance, women are instrumental in expanding and democratizing national economies: they create wealth and family well-being. Through a history of UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the author shows how the large-scale investments of governments, the World Bank, the United Nations and other organizations can become both more effectively and gender-sensitive.
    The book includes both a history of UNIFEM with its struggle to survive political and bureaucratic power games, and an examination of some of the activities which UNIFEM has assisted, from village-level projects to national and regional policy interventions.
  • Table of Contents
    Acknowledgements vii
    Acronyms viii
    Introduction xi
    PART ONE: Global Poverty and the Politics of Development
    1. Toward a New Development Paradigm 3
    Project analysis 5
    Empowerment 6
    Sustainable institutions 7
    Innovative and catalytic effects 7
    2. Women Create a New Scenario 9
    Origins of women and development 9
    A pioneering centre in the United Nations 18
    Initial concepts and an international model 22
    Global interdependence: a shifting agenda 23
    3. A Unique Fund for Women 25
    Policy development and the search for structure 29
    A pattern of decentralization 29
    Empowering the system: regional and headquarters staffing and
    management 30
    A distinctive role for the fund: as catalyst 35
    4. Reaching the Poorest: A Continuing Challenge 41
    Procedures of the project cycle 41
    The UNDP partnership 47
    New partners in attacking poverty: non-governmental
    organizations 50
    Evolving strategies for operational activities 53
    5. Women and World Politics 58
    Guilt by association: the Copenhagen Conference 59
    The battle of Vienna 62
    A new mandate: hard-won autonomy 68
    6. Core Resources and Outreach to Partners 74
    Government pledges 75
    National Committees and an NGO Advisory Committee 76
    Earmarked contributions 78
    UNIFEM: from an idea to a durable institution 80
    PART TWO: UNIFEM at Work in the World: Case Studies
    7. Economic Empowerment 85
    Innovation in Swaziland: the first UN credit fund 88
    From micro-enterprise to setting policy in the Philippines 98
    Factory-based production in Laos, China, and Mauritius 115
    More than economics: UNIFEM in India 124
    8. Social Justice 141
    Towards a new development paradigm: WAND in the
    Caribbean 143
    Transferring technology: UNIFEM in Bolivia 151
    Development amidst sudden wealth and
    civil wars: UNIFEM in Western Asia 168
    A first for women in Oman 170
    Empowerment through traditional approaches in Syria 174
    Yemeni women determined to get technology and training 179
    Kenyan women put down their heavy load 183
    Mexican women stop waiting for clean water 187
    9. Political Participation 191
    National development planning 192
    Institution building 194
    Information for participation: Isis in Chile 199
    Women mobilize in Zambia 199
    Empowering the poor: SEWA 200
    A Kenyan woman stands firm 205
    Grassroots women's organizations in Peru 210
    10. The Africa Investment Plan 224
    Food policy and food-cycle technologies 224
    The power brokers enter 230
    Food policy 231
    Energy conservation: fuel-saving stoves and fish smokers 232
    Management support: the case of ESAMI 238
    Credit support systems 241
    'Mainstreaming': linking women with major development
    resources 241
    11. Valuable Lessons for an Uncertain Future 246
    Empowerment 246
    Sustainable institutions 253
    UNIFEM as innovator and catalyst for change 257
    From risk to secure livelihoods 259
    Annexes 266
    Notes 283
    Index 309
  • Endorsements
    Fascinating story of working creatively through bureaucracy to transform women's lives. Peg Snyder's tenacity, commitment and vision show us what is possible ...
    Noeleen Heyzer
    Margaret Snyder captures the economic world in which women demonstrate ingenious forms of struggle in order to change it for themselves and for society in general.
    Wangari Maathai
    A must read for everyone - men and women - involved in international development or concerned with women's quest for equality.
    Perdita Huston
    Snyder's history and assessment of UNIFEM reveals just how hard it is, with a maximum of brains and guts, and a minimum of staff and money, to win the necessary battles inside the bureaucracy. But it also shows how UNIFEM has helped some of the world's poorest women to help themselves.
    Heidi and Alvin Toffler
  • Details
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    Author Margaret Snyder
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    Number of Pages 336
    Format Paperback / softback