Concepts, Research, Policy
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Chapter 76: Gender, Poverty and Aid Architecture
Gwendolyn Beetham In recent years, gender advocates have been concerned with the gendered effects of changes to the ‘aid architecture’, or the different modalities through which international development aid is financed and channelled to recipient countries and organisations. These changes, primarily reflected in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD), have grown out of the contemporary focus on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the one hand, and feminist and postcolonial critiques of donordriven (top-down) agendas on the other. This chapter provides an overview of concerns with different aid frameworks from a gender perspective, highlighting recent studies that seek to document existing funding for gender and development programmes and organisations, as well as work that provides information on ways through which donor and recipient organisations can ensure that gender equality and women’s rights remain a priority in the shifting aid climate. Questions emerging from the debates, such as whether gender is being written out of the picture under the focus on ‘aid effectiveness’ for poverty alleviation and whether certain aid modalities (like direct budget support and alignment strategies) take into consideration gender equality and women’s rights goals, are highlighted. The chapter closes with a synthesis of key recommendations for donor and recipient organisations that are emerging from the research, as well as suggested areas for future study. ‘New’ aid modalities: new or more of the same? Often referred to as the ‘new aid modalities’, the frameworks that currently structure the giving and getting of development aid are outlined in...
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