Development and Gender

WIDE(+), Alliances and Members: resources

WIDE+ member KULU’s resources around their project: ‘Financing Gender Equality and Women’s Rights – Close the Gap’:

WIDE+ 2015 Report: Women’s rights need a transformation of the global development paradigm
The report contains proposals to revitalize an encompassing women’s rights agenda. The report is the result of the meetings WIDE+ organized in Barcelona, Spain, on 17 and 18 June this year, financed through the Spanish and Catalan Development Agency (Plataforma 2015 y más and ACCD). The reports, available in English, Spanish and Catalan, can be accessed here: WIDE_report_2015_EN, WIDE_report_2015_ES, WIDE_report_2015_CA

The Analysis from the WWG, including WIDE+, around the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda
The Women’s Major Working Group, representing more than 600 women’s groups from over 100 countries that includes the active involvement of WIDE+, is deeply disappointed with the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 2015. What came out of the conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, is the world’s plan for implementing and financing global development. It fails to address profound inequalities in economic policies and institutions that undermine human rights and gender equality. Read the full reaction of the Women’s Major Working Group: Women Working Group Reaction to Addis Action Agenda – 16 July 2015-FINALFINAL

Analysis from conference ‘Gender@sustainability’, Bern, Switzerland, 31 October 2014, organized by WIDE Switzerland
Inputs, reports and pictures from the conference gender@sustainability are now online: Link. This conference organized by WIDE Switzerland provides thought provoking and analytical presentations on the relations between the concepts of gender equality and sustainability. It also reflects on current international policy developments such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the several trade negotiations (TTIP and TISA). And it reflects on actions and responses by citizens.

GADN briefing paper “Unpaid care: a priority for the post-2015 development goals and beyond”
The Gender and Development Network (GADN), a WIDE+ member, published in the second part of 2014 a briefing paper on unpaid care. While it suggests that the current wording of the proposed target could be improved, the recognition of unpaid care in this global development agenda would in itself represent an important advance, and therefore our main concern is to preserve its inclusion.

The globalization of structural adjustment programmes: Lessons from feminists and women in the Global South
In their recently launched magazine ’European Women’s Voice: Women’s Economic Independence in Times of Austerity’, the European Women’s Lobby has included an article by WIDE+ members Patricia Muñoz Cabrera and Virginia López Calvo. The piece is available on page 35, and we reproduce it below in full. As has been demonstrated, structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) imposed by international financial institutions (IFIs) on Global South economies and governments’ development agendas have been implemented for more than five decades, with a devastating impact on women and men on the ground.

Feminist demands for post 2015 Development
In February 2014, right after the 8th session of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a feminist strategy meeting on the post 2015 agenda took place in Tarrytown, New York. 60 feminist activists from different regions of the world took part in this meeting, in order to exchange and strategize about how to bring feminist demands into the post 2015 development framework within the next two years. WIDE Austria was among the participating networks:

Gender, Development and New Aid Architecture post 2015: Architects or Pawns in Development Engineering?
Women rights activists have gained in the current international governments processes around development, but also lost a lot in the processes. Reviewing the effects, together with a decrease in recourses because of multiple crises, it calls upon feminists to be very strategic in their resistance to mainstream neo-liberal policies. Article by WIDE+ member:

EU Donors under Women’s Watch – WIDE Checks up on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda on the Road to Busan 2011, published in 2011.

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Development Effectiveness? EU Donor Division of Labour and Gender Equality in Southern Countries, published in 2010
Lois Woestman analyses two key elements of official aid effectiveness practices: division of labour and harmonisation. She assesses these processes which are intended to reduce transactions costs and enable more money to reach the people on the ground who need it. Woestman examines whether aideffectiveness processes have helped European Union (EU) donors meet their commitments to promote gender equality and women´s empowerment. Read here.

The Mobilisation of Gender Equality and Women´s Rights Organisations towards Accra: Actions, Strategies, Successes and Challenges, published in 2009
This publication aims to document crucial and key alliance among women´s rights organisations around the aid effectiveness agenda by analysing the different processes and actions that took place, the strengths and weaknesses found during the process, as well as providing lessons for the challenges of the future. Download the pdf version of this publication from Mobilisation_Towards_ACCRA 2009.

Financing for Development and Women Rights: a critical review´, published in 2009
In the last decade, the way in which development is conceptualised and implemented has changed significantly, and so have the political contexts in which this implementation takes place. This has had implications on how gender equality and women´s empowerment is being achieved. The publication reviews the current debates about development, as well as the background for this new aid architecture, and analyses the international frameworks for financing for development and women rights, as well as governments´ commitments for resources. It also summarises and analyses all the contributions to the aid effectiveness agenda from a gender perspective. The publication was written by Carmen de la Cruz and has been translated from Spanish into English. To download, financingfordevelopment2009translationcarmendelacruz.

Conditionalities undermine the right to development: an analysis based on Women’s and Human Rights perspective, published in 2008
Conditionalities undermine the Right to Development: an analysis based on a Women´s and Human Rights perspective was published by the Association for Women´s Rights in development (AWID), in assosiation with WIDE, DAWN and IGTN. Download the publication CONDITIONALITIES web book.

WIDE Annual Conference report 2007 ‘New aid, expanding trade: what do women have to say?’
WIDE’s Annual Conference 2007 on “New aid, expanding trade: what do women have to say?”, hosted by the Gender and Development Working Group of the Spanish Platform of Development NGOs (CONGDE) set up an important series of questions and concerns for all women working in gender, trade, development and social justice. The conference brought together women´s organisations from all over the world, North, South and East to examine how ongoing reforms on trade, financial mechanisms, and development are linked, and to advocate for change. The Spanish platform (CONGDE) who co-hosted the meeting with WIDE provided not only an excellent work space but also a convivial atmosphere of solidarity where reflections on women´s contribution to different development processes and strategies for alternative visions for feminist ways forward could flourish: CONFERENCE REPORT 2007. And the report in Spanish.

Taking Stock: The financial crisis and development from a feminist perspective, published in 2009
This is WIDE’s position paper on the global social, economic and environmental crisis. This publication has been authored by Ursula Dullnig, Brita Neuhold, Traude Novy, Kathrin Pelzer, Edith Schnitzer, Barbara Schöllenberger, Claudia Thallmayer from WIDE Austria. Download: Taking Stock in English.

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