Grassroots women’s leadership and ‘Deepening Democracy’: the Huairou Commission’s Local to Local Dialogue replication

Grassroots women’s leadership is important if democracy is to be ‘deepened’ – that is, if representative democracies are to formally include citizen participation in more ways than simply voting in elections. One approach to deepening democracy is to encourage and support spaces – both literal and metaphorical – that enable grassroots women to organise as leaders and engage with local …

Women Producers of ‘Bouquets and Beans’ in Kenya: Exploring the links between international business and poverty reduction

This case-study explores the findings of a Poverty Footprint study in the horticultural sector in Kenya, published jointly by Oxfam and IPL (International Procurement and Logistics Ltd) in 2013. Key findings were that women make up over 60% of the workforce and whilst the sector provides job opportunities women workers are disempowered, suffer sexual harassment and bear a disproportionately high …

Investing for the Few: The IFC’s Health in Africa initiative

The Health in Africa initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is at odds with the World Bank Group’s welcome commitment to universal and equitable health coverage and to shared prosperity. This paper argues that the $1bn initiative, which promotes private sector healthcare delivery, is extremely unlikely to deliver better health outcomes for poor people. The IFC’s failure to measure …