BRIDGE Gender and Development in Brief. Issue 2: Poverty Reduction Strategies

Publisher: Institute of Development Studies UK
Publication Date: Sep 1995
What is the relationship between poverty and gender disadvantage' In this issue of 'Development and Gender in Brief' current poverty reduction strategies are reviewed from a gender perspective. Studies have suggested that targeting resources to poor women through credit and employment schemes is not sufficient, in itself, to bring lasting benefits and may reinforce existing gender inequalities. Institutional change is also required. A guest columnist gives evidence of the impact of adjustment on poverty and suggests that women are more often spectators than players in the adjustment process. The regular currents box airs a different issue: the pressing need to consider gender issues in emergency and conflict situations, as relief work takes on more prominence.