Women’s Political Empowerment in Cote d’Ivoire: Mariam Dao Gabala on Advocacy and the US-Africa Summit

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit early last month, hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, the National Democratic Institute invited Mariam Dao Gabala, distinguished advocate of women’s political participation and financial inclusion, from Cote d’Ivoire to lead a discussion focused on Women, Peace, and Democracy in Cote d’Ivoire. Gabala is the president of Coalition des Femmes Leaders de…

African Women’s Decade: 2013 Annual Review

The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) was launched in Nairobi, Kenya by the African Union (AU) to re-invigorate commitments for accelerated implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and empowerment of African women and girls, publishes an annual report throughout the 10-year duration of…

Participation and Its Discontents

Discussions of participation seem to go through waves of enchantment and disenchantment. The Political Sociology Section of American Sociological Association (ASA) started the blog “Participation and its Discontents” to generate discussion on the topic for a discussion at the 2014 ASA meeting in August 2014. The blog will focus on problematizing participation beyond euphoria and…

FLOW : Funding leadership and opportunities for women

Abstract: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) is a fund that has been set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It finances 34 projects focusing on security, economic self-reliance and political participation in more than 100 countries. Author(s): Netherlands Source(s): , Published: 2012 Ministry of foreign affairs of the Netherlands,…

Accountability of local and state governments in India : an overview of recent research

Abstract: Distortions in Indian local government accountability are examined, including: (1) limited voter participation and awareness; (2) ideology, honesty and competence of political parties and electoral candidates; (3) capture by elites; and (4) clientelism and vote-buying. Reform lessons are drawn. Author(s): Mookherjee, Dilip Source(s): , 49 p. Published: 2012 Boston university. People.by.edu], [Boston (English ISBN/ISSN:…

Women in search of citizenship : experiences from West Africa

Abstract: This book provides insights into what gender inclusive citizenship means as a practice, what can be achieved when it is promoted and what role participatory action research can play. It shares the experiences of women in local communities devising ways to exercise their citizenship. Author(s): Imam, Ayesha; Kamminga, Evelien Source(s): , 127 p., ill.,…

Grassroots bureaucracy : intergovernmental relations and popular mobilization around AIDS policy in Brazil

Abstract: In Brazil’s AIDS policy sector, bureaucrats have ensured the successful implementation of their policies by mobilizing civil society as government watchdogs and as political advocates. These “activist bureaucrats” form a new layer of politics in Latin America. Author(s): Rich, Jessica A.J. Source(s): , 47 p., ill., tabs Published: 2012 [Author], Berkeley, CA (English ISBN/ISSN:…