by Ronald Rutherford
Wed Aug 19th, 2009 at 07:07:57 PM EST
I know that many of the Diaries here are long and complex, but hopefully this diary is just to get some ideas on a question that the bloggers here might be able to help with. The question is posed in the following manner:
"Male bias in macro-economics is not only bad for women; it is also bad for the prospects of setting in train a process of sustainable development." (Elson, 1991)Discuss this statement in the context of the effects of structural adjustment policies on the role of women in the development process.
[what do the articles] reveal about the respective roles of women and men in employment and in the household.
Here are the list of "sources" to begin with, but there is no restrictions on source of information to answer the question:
Boserup, Ester (1970) Women's Role in Economic Development, London: George Allen &
Boserup, Ester (1991) `Economic Change and the Roles of Women' in Tinker (ed.)
Elson, Diane (1991) `Male Bias in Macroeconomics: The case of structural adjustment'
in Elson (ed.)Male Bias in the Development Process, Manchester University Press,
Evans, Alison (1991) `Gender Issues in Rural Household Economics', IDS Bulletin, Vol
22, No 1.
Moser, C. (1993) `Gender roles, the family and the household', Chapter 2 from Rationale
for Gender Planning in the Third World, pp 29-34, London: Routledge.
I know most of the list of sources are not available on-line so a couple of links of note that is related to the concepts are here and hopefully maybe others might have some links that might help answer the question:
ENGENDERING MACROECONOMIC POLICY AND BUDGETS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Diane Elson
Caroline O.N. Moser, "Gender Planning in the Third World: Meeting Practical and Strategic Gender Needs", World Development, Vol. 17, No. 11, pp. 1799-1825, 1989.
In this seminal article the author proposes a gender roles framework for gender planning that leads to a differentiation of needs. The argument is based conceptually on the identification of the triple role of women and makes the distinction between practical and strategic needs articulated here for the first time. Welfare and efficiency approaches to low income and Third World Women are critiqued from a gender planning perspective and emphasis placed on the need for shifting policy towards an anti-poverty, equity and empowerment approach.
Caroline O.N. Moser, Gender Planning and Development: Theory, Practice & Training, Routledge: London and New York, 1993.
Gender planning is defined as a new and transformative planning tradition, one that seeks to empower women. The need for differentiation of gender roles and needs in society is considered the conceptual basis for gender planning and constitutes the basis for a critique of existing development policy and practice. Institutionalization of gender planning and operational procedures for implementing gender policies, programmes and projects are central subjects for consideration. The distinction between a technical planning methodology to meet women's practical needs and a 'political' methodology to meet women's strategic needs informs much of the discussion including the outlines for gender training methodology.
What do you think?