Challenging the NGOs

Challenging the NGOs

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The image of a€œThird World Womana€ victimhood is one that runs through discourses in Western feminism, the fields of gender and development and also the activities of NGOs. Tamsin Bradley deconstructs this through her exploration of the relationships between NGOs and the people they target, using a unique multi-disciplinary perspective that examines the interfaces between anthropology, development and religion. She argues that dominant approaches in development practice see women as a singular and weak a€œothera€, a focus for pity and compassion, which obscures the complexities of diverse communities and the ability to respond to real needs. Bradleya€™s extensive fieldwork, on grassroots NGOs in rural Indian Rajasthan, and their Western donor organisations, and combines it with her compelling critique of development theory and practice, which she finds often caught in a macro system unable to connect with social realities. This leads her to a new and unique methodology, one rooted in a more honest, responsive and inclusive approach to encourage development workers to listen to the needs of those they seek to help.In the first body mapping session the women were each given a piece of plain paper and asked to sketch a picture of their own body. They were then asked to label the individual parts of their body. ... the health professional leading the particular session would display a biomedical diagram of the female body in all itsanbsp;...

Title:Challenging the NGOs
Author:Tamsin Bradley
Publisher:I.B.Tauris - 2006-04-28


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