Decentralisation and voice: women's participation in integrated development planning processes in KwaZulu-Natal

SOURCE: Urban experiences of gender generations and social justice
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Todes, A.Williamson, F.Ndlovu, P.Sithole
SOURCE EDITOR(S): M.M.Mapetla, A.Schlyter, B.D.Bless
KEYWORDS: DECENTRALISATION, INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLANS, KWAZULU-NATAL, WOMEN
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4777
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/5895

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Abstract

This chapter reviews literature on decentralisation, IDPs and participation through the gender lens. It outlines experiences of participation in IDP processes in the three municipalities, focusing on the way in which these processes involved women, and the perspectives of women councilors, women's organisations, and the wives of traditional leaders. Finally the chapter provides concluding comments that consider these findings in the light of current debate on decentralisation's gendered impact and the extent to which IDPs accommodate the voices of women.