Discussing Women's Empowerment : Theory and Practice
The objective of the conference was to create a forum for dialogue, where development practitioners and researchers could meet to focus on gender and power. Recent research in the field was presented in order to introduce new theoretical points of departure, relevant to the reassessment of development cooperation. Most development cooperation today has gender equality as one of its objectives. To achieve this, a new relationship is needed between researchers – with their theoretical tools for understanding and their empirical knowledge of local contexts – and development practitioners – with their tacit knowledge of the nature of how policies are generated, formed and implemented in developing countries. Probably, there is no linear, one-way relationship between research and implementation in policy formation. Rather, a close, ongoing dialogue between researchers and practitioners is required. It was hoped that the conference would put in place the parameters for a vital, constructive dialogue of this type. Whether this will be so remains to be seen. There is some hesitation on both sides. However, as the debates of the conference proved, for those who cross the line and participate in the dialogue there is little doubt as to the value and need of this kind of encounter..
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