Foreign Aid for Gender Equality: The Challenge for Donors

by Malokele Nanivazo and Lucy Scott
UNU-WIDER, August 2012

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Gender equality, as a development objective, still encounters much resistance. Furthermore, as a cross-cutting theme in development programmes, gender concerns frequently run the risk of being ‘mainstreamed out’: subsumed into wider discussions about inequality reduction in order to reduce priority overload: a process whereby the importance of both gender issues and of specific approaches required to promote gender equality are sidelined. What systems need to be in place within development agencies to ensure that particular outcomes of gender equality can be achieved?

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