A Rural Support Programme Exit Strategy: Women Filling Vacated Spaces and Excelling in Community Development


Rafi Khan, Shaheen, and Shahrukh Rafi Khan. 2012. “A Rural Support Programme Exit Strategy: Women Filling Vacated Spaces and Excelling in Community Development.” Development in Practice 22 (2): 154–63. doi:10.1080/09614524.2012.640982.

Authors: Shaheen Rafi Khan, Shahrukh Rafi Khan


Rural support programmes in Pakistan are major players in rural development, with significant outreach. Owing to funding constraints, they are currently exploring an exit strategy whereby they facilitate the formation of multi-tier local support organisations (LSOs), including those exclusively run by women. The present article focuses on the impact of this exit strategy on rural women. The findings, based on survey research, show that women have fared well, been more effective in running the LSOs than men and, despite confronting a conservative culture, have effectively filled in spaces vacated by men.

Keywords: aid, civil society, gender and diversity

Topics: Civil Society, Development, Gender, Women, Governance Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Pakistan

Year: 2012

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