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Development In AfricaRefocusing the lens after the Millennium Development Goals$
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Hany Besada and Timothy M. Shaw

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328537

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328537.001.0001

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The role of gender in development: where do boys count?

The role of gender in development: where do boys count?

(p.111) Four The role of gender in development: where do boys count?
Development In Africa

Frannie A. Léautier

Policy Press

Development trajectories across countries have signalled the importance of inclusion. One dimension of inclusion is gender. Most analyses of gender focus on the role of women in development policy, processes and decision-making. This chapter, while supportive to the idea of focusing on women to achieve development results, argues for the increased role of men and boys in arriving at superior and sustainable results. The chapter uncovers the potentially counterproductive results of a focus solely on women and identifies areas where a focus on men and in particular young men may be beneficial to achieving development results. Arguments are presented through investigation of a variety of channels in the economics of development for achieving a real transformation of people’s lives through the lever of gender. It is argued by linking theory and empirical case reviews, that a focus on the role of boys and young men could produce results that would be unattainable, unsustainable, or less impactful otherwise.

Keywords:   economic transformation, gender and inclusion, sustainability, globalization, role of technology

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