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Title:African Renaissance: the need for gender-inclusive developmental States
Author:Bunwaree, SheilaISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies
Volume:2
Issue:1
Pages:73-87
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:development
gender relations
NEPAD
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186870701384210
Abstract:This article was developed from a paper presented at a seminar at the Africa Institute of South Africa in Pretoria in 2006 while the author was an Archie Mafeje Fellow. It argues the urgent need for the construction and consolidation of gender-inclusive democratic developmental States as central to grounding the concept of an African Renaissance, for an effective transformation of the human condition, and for ensuring that this Renaissance does not become romanticized and meaningless. While the notion of developmental States has gained currency in recent years, very little, if at all, has been said about gender in relation to these debates - despite the United Nations warning that 'without engendering development, development itself is endangered'. In other words, formulating and implementing development policies with gender lenses is crucial for development. The article first analyses the importance and principles of an African Renaissance. It then examines the gender insensitivity of NEPAD, and highlights the implications of gender silence in the development discourse. It concludes that there is an urgent need to inscribe gender into development theory and practice. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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