The growth of the International Women's Movement over the past two decades has challenged the international community to respond to its vision of social transformation. This book examines the response of one set of key players-- international donor agencies. It compares the donors' priorities with those of their development partners and argues that, although significant achievements have been made, the fundamental goals of the women's movement-transforming social and gender relations and creating a more equitable world- still elude us. Why has this progress been so elusive? How can we explain the contradictory trends- heightened advocacy on the one hand and the growing poverty of the world's women on the other? Rounaq Jahan has written a book which is both timely and necessary. Raising the critical issue of the distinction between strategies of integration and those of transformation will help to clarify the different roles of the national machinery for the integration of women in development, women's NGOs, and the women's movement. With clarity, Rounaq Jahan begins to unravel a central question in development cooperation: why is it that after two decades of work, gender issues have yet to become part of mainstream development? Her work responds to the pressing need which she identifies well: increased accountability of donors implementing gender-friendly policies and programs.
Rounaq Jahan, currently at Columbia University was a Professor of Political Science at Dhaka University (1970-1982). She received her PhD. from Harvard. She headed the women's programmes at UNAPDC, Malaysia (1982-84) and the ILO, Geneva (1985-89). She was the founding president of Women for Women: Research and Study Group. She served on the Boards of the Population Council (1982-92) and the Asia Society (1982-90) and is at present on the Advisory Councils of Human Rights Watch Asia, The Feminist Press, Asian Survey and Asian Political Thought and Society. Her publications include Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues (UPL, 1980), Women and Development (BILIA, 1979) and The Elusive Agenda: Mainstreaming Women in Development (UPL/ZED Books).