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Close Encounters of Another Kind: Women and Development Economics brings together Devaki Jain's essays which engage with public policy, development economics and women. In the 1970s and 1980s, as a fallout of the First World Conference of Women, held in Mexico in 1975, then the Women's Decade (1975–85), followed by the Second World Conference in 1985 in Nairobi, governments energized their bureaucracies to address women's inclusion in development programmes. Thereby began the work of gendering development, and as a result of challenging the existing ideas, projects related to the design of development policies and programmes. However, most of these efforts were couched in the knowledge and experience of the global North since the efforts were largely led by the Northern intellectual community. In this volume ...

Growth, Poverty and Inequality: The Linkages and Relevance of Macro-economic Policies
Growth, poverty and inequality: The linkages and relevance of macro-economic policies

For two decades, I had been arguing that the UN's goal of gender equality was a non-starter, that the macro-economic system, the growth theories, the methods by which poverty was being eradicated were flawed, and that to ask for gender equality from a flawed system was both misleading and perhaps unethical. In my paper, I referred to the Indian ground-level experience with local self-government and other such grounded measures which foreground the question of what kind of macro change is required.

In my presentation I will basically argue:

  • That poverty, whether it is of men or of women, cannot be reduced or eradicated, unless the ...
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