Development Infrastructure

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dina Francesca Haynes and Naomi Cahn

in On the Frontlines

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195396645
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918416 | DOI:
Development Infrastructure

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Development programs, more than post-conflict reconstruction, have begun to take gender into account in structural and policy-oriented ways, and as such stands a credible chance of offering positive strategies, demonstrating how to center gender in the post-conflict process. This chapter focuses on building upon and advancing these strategies. It sets the stage by examining the need to integrate the fields and perspectives of development and post-conflict reconstruction, thereby creating a context in which gender centrality—ensuring equity between men and women and identifying and responding to both masculine and feminine concerns—can be made operational. It then uses the concept of “social services justice” as the link between immediate post-conflict humanitarian aid and longer term development measures, before examining how to make gender central throughout this time period. It argues that social services justice should become a critical aspect of any transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction model, serving as a gender-central bridge between a recognition of the immediate needs of the population and long-term development. It provides a teleological justification for moving beyond the focus on formal mechanisms of accountability and of peace negotiations during the transition process. Finally, the chapter examines a series of strategies associated with development, assessing their gendered impact and suggesting how to promote gender centrality.

Keywords: development programs; post-conflict reconstruction; gender centrality; social services justice; humanitarian aid; long-term development

Chapter.  8205 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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