The purpose of the Global Hub has been to focus its attention on global institutions and international policy arenas as a site for research and advocacy.
Global policy spaces are those where ideas and norms about approaches to development are proposed, defended and contested.
The Global Hub’s aim has been to work with and support those feminists active in global arenas – in civil society networks, inside governments, in international development agencies, academia or in the media – with new ideas and knowledge for making more informed decisions as to where and how to invest their energies. Thus through their actions they can be more fruitful in supporting the construction of pathways of women’s empowerment.
This project explored the meanings and debates around women’s empowerment within and among sets of actors with a global reach, and how they are shaping values, ideas and policy actions (or absence of actions) on women’s empowerment. …
This research project looked at a small number of cases of local, national or regional initiatives on sexual rights and women’s empowerment that have succeeded in creating spaces for challenging repressive social norms concerning female sexuality. It looked at the interactions with international influences, including religious and development institutions. …
This project has identified and worked with feminist activists working within international development organisations that are shaping discourse and policy action – it explored their strategies and strengthened capacity to bring about change. …
This project concerned the significance and impact of official external financing for women’s organising at global, regional and national levels. It used participatory methods of critical reflection involving both donor staff and representatives of women’s rights organisations and networks in Bangladesh and Ghana as well as at regional and global levels. …
The Global Hub is based at:
The Institute of Development Studies, UK
Pathways of Women’s Empowerment
Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex
Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester)
Susan Jolly (Ford Foundation)
Celestine Nyamu (University of Nairobi)