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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.