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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 ...

Development Theory and Practice: Insights Emerging from Women's Experience
Development theory and practice: Insights emerging from women's experience

As I continued to explore the area of ‘development and women’, I was constantly confronted with the various errors—errors in design, errors due to not locating the issue, what can be called the ‘problem’, but even more seriously the errors in nomenclature. Words have meanings, and the use of a certain word—what I call ‘vocabulary’—can distort the dimensions of policy and change. In order to illustrate this, I used a study that ISST had just completed on women in forest-based industry. I found that while women were engaged in what in economics is called the ‘free collection of goods’, namely, gathering berries and leaves, etc., it was ...

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