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Small Loans, Big Dreams: Women and Microcredit in a Globalising Economy

The belief in the credit-based collective model has failed to explore the impact of microcredit beyond its immediate project environment and how resources are politically invested by the groups in a given sociocultural context. There is an inadequate understanding as to how the discourse on empowerment through microcredit is framed by different actors and what the trade-offs are between different dimensions of empowerment. Limited attention is paid to the role of various institutions - local and national - on microcredit and women's empowerment.

Open Letter to Governor of Uttar Pradesh

We, the undersigned would like to draw your attention to the grave situation that is prevailing at the Gandhian Institute of Studies (GIS), Varanasi. The GIS was founded in 1960 by the late Jayaprakash Narayan to link the Gandhian movement with the social sciences. It became a registered body in...

Institutionalising Feminist Agenda(s)

The practices of women's movement are continually being transformed to meet new challenges. Yet feminist politics is constantly confronted with a scepticism against institutionalised politics; it displays an uneasiness with the forms of power that dominate political processes. Similarly the politics of mainstreaming women's studies implies that feminist scholarship has had to cope with the complex web of relationships within academia dominated by a patriarchal academy and knowledge hierarchy. But as this paper explains, while institutional locations may also form their own sites of contest, the need for a renewed and sustained struggle from such locations, employing new interventions in the hope of transforming institutions, remains of crucial importance for the women's movement.

Gender, Environment and Structural Adjustment

Kumud Sharma The effects of fiscal and monetary policies on women is determined by the social matrix and gendered patterns of resource use and control in rural households. The concept of 'environmental justice' cannot be delinked from issues of equity and social justice.

Providing Compensatory Justice-Draft National Perspective Plan for Women

the scheduled areas. If we consider all the lands for which legal titles (pattas) exist in the scheduled areas of Andhra Pradesh, the non-tribals own more than six lakh acres which is more than half of the total lands might have been reclaimed from virgin forests long ago by the ancestors of the present non-tribal residents of the scheduled areas. But most of them have been acquired by the non-tribals from the tribals in the recent past. The plain truth is that the influx of the non-tribals into the scheduled areas has been steadily increasing over the years, and so also the acquisition of lands by them.
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