Paper Title

[2.3] Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Même Chose: Do Women Thrive Under Orthodox or Critical Approaches to Development?

Location

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Monica Sanchez-Flores

Start Date

19-1-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

19-1-2019 3:45 PM

Disciplines

International Relations | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In an increasingly globalized world, state economies are becoming more interdependent. In an attempt to improve the global economy, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and state actors have been supportive of development programs. The process of development, however, must incorporate the United Nations’ calls for gender equality by ensuring women’s participation. This paper focuses on Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs), and the instrumentalization of gender equality in development as an orthodox approach. SAPs will be compared to the critical approach of development, focusing on the impact of Community Driven Development (CDD) on women. I argue that women benefit more from CDD vis-à-vis fewer expectations placed on women. However, neither approach enables women to thrive, and a feminist lens must be applied to development approaches if women are to have an equitable development experience and see change key change in their status. I recommend that all approaches to development implement a “feminist lens” that provides equal benefits to individuals regardless of gender. Women’s experiences before, during, and following development must be considered in good faith throughout the processes of development. NGOs, IGOs, and other groups that promote, fund, and conduct development must implement policies that constantly evaluate the impact of their efforts on women’s daily lives. Thus, this lens would allow development approaches to benefit women and elevate women’s status through a constant policy of deconstructing and recreating development processes.

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Jan 19th, 2:30 PM Jan 19th, 3:45 PM

[2.3] Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Même Chose: Do Women Thrive Under Orthodox or Critical Approaches to Development?

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Monica Sanchez-Flores

In an increasingly globalized world, state economies are becoming more interdependent. In an attempt to improve the global economy, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and state actors have been supportive of development programs. The process of development, however, must incorporate the United Nations’ calls for gender equality by ensuring women’s participation. This paper focuses on Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs), and the instrumentalization of gender equality in development as an orthodox approach. SAPs will be compared to the critical approach of development, focusing on the impact of Community Driven Development (CDD) on women. I argue that women benefit more from CDD vis-à-vis fewer expectations placed on women. However, neither approach enables women to thrive, and a feminist lens must be applied to development approaches if women are to have an equitable development experience and see change key change in their status. I recommend that all approaches to development implement a “feminist lens” that provides equal benefits to individuals regardless of gender. Women’s experiences before, during, and following development must be considered in good faith throughout the processes of development. NGOs, IGOs, and other groups that promote, fund, and conduct development must implement policies that constantly evaluate the impact of their efforts on women’s daily lives. Thus, this lens would allow development approaches to benefit women and elevate women’s status through a constant policy of deconstructing and recreating development processes.