Creating Citizens Who Demand Just Governance: Gender and Development in the Twenty-first Century


Mukhopadhyay, Maitrayee. 2003. “Creating Citizens Who Demand Just Governance: Gender and Development in the Twenty-first Century.” Gender & Development 11 (3): 45-56.

Author: Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay


The issue of good governance assumed enormous significance in debates on global development in the 1990s. By and large, this translated into policies aimed at building accountability of public administration institutions to the broad 'public', but omitted to consider two key issues: first, the 'public' consists of women and men, who have gender-differentiated needs and interests; second, civil-society institutions have a role to play in creating the demand for democratic, accountable, and just governance. To address these omissions, and to reinforce the importance of bringing a gender perspective to global debates and approaches to international development, KIT Gender, at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, initiated a three-year programme in 1999. It is entitled 'Gender, Citizenship, and Governance'. This article discusses the programme and its relevance to international development, and provides three case studies from the programme; from India, Bangladesh, and South Africa.

Topics: Citizenship, Civil Society, Development, Gender, Women, Governance Regions: Africa, Southern Africa, Asia, South Asia Countries: Bangladesh, India, South Africa

Year: 2003

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