Women & Development Aid
Sharma, Ritu R., Foreign Policy in Focus
Key Points * Economic studies and program evaluations show that considering gender roles and targeting programs to women and girls dramatically enhances economic growth and project effectiveness. * Women-headed households represent the majority of the poor worldwide. U.S. development programs, which aim to reduce poverty, should logically center on women. * Despite economic evidence, evaluation results, and directives from Congress, U.S. development assistance programs have largely ignored gender integration.
Over the past 30 years, study after study by academics, development practitioners, and international agencies has demonstrated the seemingly self-evident fact that women are equal to men, and sometimes surpass men, in contributing to social and economic …
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Publication information: Article title: Women & Development Aid. Contributors: Sharma, Ritu R. - Author. Magazine title: Foreign Policy in Focus. Volume: 6. Issue: 33 Publication date: September 17, 2001. Page number: 1. © 1999 International Relations Center. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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