Transforming Development: Women, Poverty and Politics

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Intermediate Technology Publications, 1995 - Political Science - 313 pages
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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.

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Toward a New Development Paradigm
Women Create a New Scenario
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About the author (1995)

Margaret Snyder lived and worked in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda for a total of 15 years. She is the founding director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She was also a co-founder of the African Centre for Women at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and was a member of the committee to organise Women's World Banking (WWB).

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