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By Samir Amin, Patrick Bond, Demba Moussa Dembele, Khadija Sharife, Charles Mutasa, Bernard Founou Tchuigoua, Sanusha Naidu, Tim Murithi, Hakima Abbas, Yves Niyiragira

The present international financial crisis resurges the talk on relief to Africa—the biggest international recipient—and this finished quantity explores the basis, historical past, and beginning upon which the concept that of reduction is predicated. It considers aid's dating to the wider improvement discourse in Africa, the politics and gear dynamics of reduction mechanisms, and the way the emergence of powers reminiscent of China and India are redefining the worldwide relief structure. diversified views are proven from African social commentators, lecturers, and activists, together with Demba Moussa Dembélé, Patrick Bond, Samir Amin, and Charles Mutasa.

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The second major influe nce on W ID was the emerging body of resea rch on wome n in developin g coun tries, and the work of the Dan is h econo mist, Es ter Bo serup, was most influ e ntial. From the 30 ngntea IT na 3 AID FROM A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE perspecti ve of the WID movement, the importance of Boserup's WO/llCII'S Role ill Economic Development (1970) was that it challe n ged the assumptions of the welfa re app ro ach and highlighted women's importance to the agricultural economy. Sub-Sa haran Africa was charac terised as the grea t globa l area of female farm ing syste m s in which women, using traditio n al hoe techno logy; assumed a substan tia l responsibility fo r food production (Mill er and Razavi 1995, p.

16). Fe minist scholars assert that before fe min ist inte rve ntions, kno wledge a nd knowledge production was inattentive to gender, and to the inhe re ntly gendered 28 3 AID FROM A FEMINI ST PERSPECTIVE co nsequences of the ph ilosop hies and paradigms . Feminist scholars began poin ting o ut the ins titu tional and intellectu al ' blind ness' and m o re recently 'deafness' to the fac t of soc iill re ali ties be ing structu red by gender d iffere nces a nd inequality, and the silenci ng and invisibilisa tio n of women (Be nne tt 1999).

Some of these have been adopted by mainstream developmen t insti tutions. Sti ck with the tried and tested · • Micro finance initiatives for access to rural poo r - where is the 'missing middle'? Reform orie ntated strategies w ith regard to the policy arena the 'and women' phenomenon • Ge nd er and development strategies designed to bri ng women in and often on a welfare orienta ted basis. No su bstantive shi fts • The 'let us go back to trad ition' brigade: recla im Africa's lost tradition - same structures differen t faces • Con ti nue to add ress gender as abstrac ted from social, economic and political facto rs.

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