Feminist Alternatives: Development Models And Practices
Debate issues presented at at sessions co-convened by AWID and partners on Alternative Feminist Models
For the past two decades, the dominant development model has centered on neo-liberal economic policy, emphasizing open markets, trade liberalization, foreign investment and macroeconomic stability and the reduction of the role of the state. Within this paradigm, international trade and the private sector have been flaunted as the best means by which to achieve national development and wealth.2 As a result, resources have progressively shifted away from an “aid for development” model that supports public intervention in development policies, to an “aid for trade” agenda that advances the notion that aid is most effective when used to increase private sector competitiveness and production.
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