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Title:Gender sensitivity in RDP presidential lead projects
Authors:Sadie, YolandaISNI
Loots, ElsabeISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Volume:25
Issue:2
Pages:31-51
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:development
government policy
women
Development and Technology
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Abbreviation:RDP=Reconstruction and Development Programme
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589349808705063
Abstract:The South African government's concern with the development, empowerment and equality of women in South Africa has been emphasized in official development policy documents, particularly the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) of 1994. To implement RDP policy proposals, a White Paper which identified various RDP projects was published in the same year. These projects consisted, amongst others, of 15 presidential lead projects (projects that take place on a continuous basis). With the closing down of the RDP Ministry in April 1996 the presidential lead projects were diverted to the individual line departments. This implied that the gender sensitivity of the projects had to be determined by these departments. This article evaluates the extent of gender sensitivity in the policies and implementation of the presidential lead projects in the case of each of the departments involved: the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health, Housing, Land Affairs, Public Works, and Water Affairs and Forestry. The conclusion is that some policies and projects reflect an apparent lack of understanding of the meaning of a gender-sensitive approach (the Department of Public Works), while other departments have policies that are supportive of such an approach but fail to translate it into practice (Departments of Land Affairs and Water Affairs and Forestry). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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