The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 66

Integrating Gender into Policy For Manufacturing Industry: Background Notes


26 July 1994

Authors: Jo Beall and Julio D Dávila

Publication Date: 1994

Identifying what is desirable in terms of gender sensitive practice, and even the implementation of gender goals at the organisational, programme or project levels, is relatively simple, when compared to trying to operationalise a gender approach at the policy level. This is particularly so for external assistance agencies engaged in supporting the strategies of national governments.

Thus, for example, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) can be instrumental in creating an enabling policy and legislative framework for gender-sensitive manufacturing development through its own activities, and in its direct project support. But with regard to policy formulation, UNIDO can do little more than advocate and be suggestive in its negotiations with national governments. With this in mind, this paper provides a conceptual framework, within which a gender-aware approach to industrialisation policy can be pursued.

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