The impact of developmental aid on gender equality and women's empowerment in sustainable value chains
This thesis is focuses on the gender dimension of sustainable value chains in the developmental industry from three perspectives: the donors, organizations and projects. Based on this the first objective is to create and gain an understanding of the impact and relationship among donors, non-governmental organizations and gender equality by using a multifaceted and holistic approach from existing literature, reports and in-depth semi-structured interviews. Secondly, to investigate the gendered structural inequalities to shed light on the barriers women face and the policy interventions that are put in place. Lastly, to contribute to theory and practice by analyzing the organizations to share what works and what needs improvements. To fulfil the objective this thesis contains feminist geography, the historical analysis of gender and development, and the debate of structure and agency as theoretical framework. Further contains the practices and approaches of donors and developmental organizations to impact on the global goal of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen