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Assuming women’s empowerment would accelerate the pace of social change in rural Nepal, the World Bank urged the Nepali government to undertake a “Gender Activities Project” within an ongoing long-term water-engineering scheme. The author, an anthropologist specializing in bureaucratic organizations and gender studies, was hired to monitor the project. Analyzing her own experience as a “development expert,” she demonstrates how the professed goal of “women’s empowerment” is a pretext for promoting the interests of local elites. She demonstrates how a project intended to benefit women fails to provide them with any of the promised resources.
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Keywords

  • anthropology
  • Asia
  • Bank
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • gender
  • KUnlatched
  • nepal
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
  • studies
  • Women
  • world

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