The gender dimensions of New Labour’s international development policy

Elias Juanita and Ferguson Lucy

in Women and New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348289
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304302 | DOI:
The gender dimensions of New Labour’s international development policy

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This chapter explores the gender dimensions of New Labour's international-development work and some of the internal and external limitations of these policies. It first examines the context for reform – the background to the policies of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the area of international development. The chapter then investigates how this reform agenda was set out by the Department for International Development (DfID) through an examination of the 2000 Target Strategy Paper Poverty Elimination and the Empowerment of Women: Strategies for Achieving the International Development Targets. It then concentrates on how these policies have been severely constrained by both internal and external factors. The chapter also evaluates the success of these policies. The consequences of the failure to prioritise gender-equality issues within DfID have had wider implications for UK international-development policies.

Keywords: DfID; New Labour; gender equality; gender mainstreaming; international-development policies

Chapter.  6646 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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