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Year: 2013 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

In this chapter, Laura Turquet draws on her experience working as a gender adviser at the international non-governmental organisation (INGO) ActionAid UK. By describing a series of events, she explores the successes and challenges of lobbying the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID), while struggling to avoid marginalisation within her own organisation.

She tries hard to make alliances for change, and for personal support, with feminists working within DFID, as well as other civil society organisations, but finds herself stuck in the middle - regarded as neither a proper donor nor a proper feminist. She concludes that strong alliances built on mutual understanding are needed between feminists working on the inside of bureaucracies, and those working on the outside, in order to bring about change in favour of gender equality and women's rights.

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