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Gender planning within non-governmental organizations in Somalia

by Salah, Idil M.

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Incorporating gender perspective into development policies and operations a is chailenging concept for non-govemmental organizations (NGOs). Findings have indicated that most NGOs are currently in the preliminary stage for gender planning rather than being fully incorporated into their policies, projects and prograrns. This thesis explores three inter-related issues which are hypothesized as being responsible for the unsuccessful integration of gender planning into development. These issues include the social attitudes towards women in most countries, the vague position of funding agencies on gender integration into organizational policies and programs, and the lack of responsibility and accountability with regards to gender on the part of the NGOs. Therefore, this thesis argues that the reason gender planning has not become mainstream is not ody due to the strict societal structures of the countries in the South, but also due to the gender bias within Western NGOs. Both Westem and Southem NGOs have to enforce gender planning within orgauizationd policies and operations so that women would obtain equal participation and contribute to an emerging strong civil society. To anain this goal, this research calls for the creation of an inclusive approach to development policies and prograrns, where women are at the centre of the planning process, rather than at the margins.
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Date of Publication:01/01/1998

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