Is there such a thing as a natural disaster? How is vulnerability and capacity in disasters gendered? What is your recipe for gender mainstreaming in disaster management, and why? How has ‘power’ in women’s empowerment been conceptualised? How can women’s empowerment be measured or assessed? Is there a role for men in women’s NGOs? Who are assumed to be the main actors in gender planning? Does it matter that most development projects are more accountable to donors than to their supposed beneficiaries?
These are some of the questions that we address on this module, which gives you experience in applying different concepts and theoretical perspectives in gender and development to practical issues and problems, as a means of learning how to undertake rigorous analysis and make theory ‘count’ in real-life case studies.
We begin the module with an introductory session analysing the Nike ‘Girl-Effect’ video, in order to assess how a gendered analysis has been integrated and ‘instrumentalised’ in development practice. The following eight weeks are then divided into two-week topic areas, whereby we read and discuss recent relevant research in the first week and apply concepts from the research to a practical case study in the second week.
The specific case studies vary, but have recently included Watershed Management in India; responses to the Haitian earthquake, NGO accountability in human rights education in Tanzania; gender in conflict and peace-building in Afghanistan; and Child Friendly Schools in Uganda. In the final week we combine discussion of gender mainstreaming post-2015 with a workshop on the module assessment.