Harvesting Feminist Knowledge to Influence Public Policy

The Casablanca quest is an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) that brings together women activists and academics from the South with a view to bringing women's knowledge to bear on the growing burden of worldwide poverty, most of which is borne by women. This grant will carry the project forward by supporting a meeting of authors and the production of an edited volume on the subject. The book will question and rebuild the concept, means and measurement of "progress for all" based on the understanding that life is lived not only in the marketplace, but also in the family, community and councils of the state. It will consider macroeconomic instruments that incorporate gender analysis and specify gender equality results; gender-responsive public investment; and gender-sensitive data analysis. A second component of the project will consist of the preparation of a document that captures the process and outcome of the feminist economists' initiative in India as a "best practice" in mainstreaming gender in national development planning. Both projects are based on the conviction that harvesting feminist knowledge can enable the construction of a development framework that goes beyond assessment of particular goals and targets to allow reflection on the kinds of societies that are being created.

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Start Date

Thursday, April 9, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 110,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Dr. Devaki Jain


SEWA Bharat

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