Substantive gender mainstreaming and the missing middle: a view from Dutch development agencies

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Authors
van Eerdewijk, Anouka
Dubel, Ireen

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 20 Issue 3

Publication date
07 Nov 2012

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2012.731740

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

Dutch development agencies were among the frontrunners and promoters of gender mainstreaming from the mid-1990s. In this article, we reflect on their experiences of mainstreaming gender, and argue that procedural approaches need to be complemented with more substantive approaches. We trace the resourcing of gender mainstreaming policies in Dutch development agencies, and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used instruments, targets, and gender assessments. Our lessons are based on a collaborative learning programme involving practitioners, policy makers, and academic researchers.

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