Publication
Title
Gender mainstreaming on the ground? The case of EU development aid towards Rwanda
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Abstract
This article investigates why gender mainstreaming has not occurred in European Union (EU) development aid towards Rwanda despite a two-sided receptiveness from Rwanda and the EUs Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation. I use a feminist institutionalist approach to examine formal and informal institutions as well as the actors, networks and processes involved in policy formation and implementation. I argue that the largest stumbling block to effective implementation is an institutional weakness at the EU level which involves a decoupling of formal and informal institutions and leads to the ceremonial behaviour of gender policy actors and a limited, instrumental policy guided by gendered assumptions. These reproduce further stereotypes and contribute to an asymmetrical power play within the institutions. This can disadvantage women and staff working on gender equality. Finally, the EUs institutional practices structurally marginalize the voices of Rwandan women and their movement which is problematic in the context of an increasingly authoritarian state.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European integration online papers. - -
Publication
2014
ISSN
1027-5193
Volume/pages
18(2014), 23 p.
Article Reference
4
ISI
000353774400002
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 19.07.2017
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