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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 ...

Nuancing Globalisation, or Mainstreaming the Downstream, or Reforming Reform
Nuancing globalisation, or mainstreaming the downstream, or reforming reform

The Caribbean had a great leader called Nita Barrow, a citizen of Barbados, who served as the secretary general for the 1985 Nairobi Conference. The University of the West Indies had instituted a lecture in her memory, and I was invited to deliver one of these lectures. At this time, i.e., in 1999, the new liberal agenda had begun to show its face, arms and limbs much more, having been initiated in the early 1990s. The emphasis was on removing all regulatory mechanisms and on mainstreaming gender: in other words, bringing gender into the spaces of policy making, as well as liberalising and thereby undoing most regulatory ...

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