Women Development Workers

Published on 1 January 2002

Women Development Workers studies the efforts of women development agents in micro-finance programmes to promote the interests of their poor rural women clients. Anne-Marie Goetz exposes the differences in the ways men and women staff of these programmes interact with their beneficiaries. She: argues that gender biases within organizations constrain women staff from promoting women’s rights more aggressively; shows that women field workers are an important resource for the empowerment of poor women, since they are often more responsive and sensitive develops a conceptual framework for understanding the gendered nature of organizations; demonstrates how male-dominated organizational hierarchies constrain women’s management capabilities; illustrates the gendered process of policy implementation; builds theory on institutional capacity building in development from a gendered perspective


Anne Marie Goetz

Emeritus Fellow

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published by
Sage Publications
Goetz, A.M.
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