Women's Participation in Development Initiatives and its Impact on Gender Dynamics (Afghanistan)

In Afghanistan, as in other parts of the world, participation in local politics, community organizing and development projects is seen as key to women's empowerment, both as individuals and as a group. This project will examine initiatives to include women in various development programs and projects, and the effect of these forms of participation on gender roles and relations within the family and the local community. The initiatives in question are two programs housed within the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Rural Development (MRRD) and implemented through partner organizations: the National Solidarity Programme's Community Development Councils (NSP CDCs) and the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MIFSA).

It is understood, however, that Afghanistan is in a state of both post-conflict and conflict (depending on the area of the country) and that the prevailing security situation will affect the nature of current gender dynamics and the way in which they may be changing. Security challenges are therefore an important factor that may influence individual and household decisions around women's participation and the effect of this participation on gender relations.

The study will explore what motivates and limits women's participation in development programs in three Afghan provinces. The project is expected to provide broad policy and program recommendations and strengthen the local research community.

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Start Date

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

End Date

Monday, July 23, 2012


30 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 494,600


Afghanistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Pierre Fallavier


Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

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