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ISBN: 9781845457686 9781789206418 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Berghahn Books Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104863
Subject: Gender Studies
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Assuming women’s empowerment would accelerate the pace of social change in rural Nepal, the World Bank urged the Nepali government to undertake a “Gender Activities Project” within an ongoing long-term water-engineering scheme. The author, an anthropologist specializing in bureaucratic organizations and gender studies, was hired to monitor the project. Analyzing her own experience as a “development expert,” she demonstrates how the professed goal of “women’s empowerment” is a pretext for promoting the interests of local elites. She demonstrates how a project intended to benefit women fails to provide them with any of the promised resources.

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Anthropology --- Gender --- Studies --- Women --- Development studies --- Anthropology --- Asia --- Nepal --- World --- Bank --- Economics

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