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KINT 7890 - Gender and Development in Theory and Practice

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Based on a critical review of the literature, this course will first introduce the emergence of the gender dimension on the agenda of development policies from the 1990s onwards, also addressing the more recent shifts brought by introducing gender in post-conflict or climate crisis management. Students will then be familiarized with gender impact indicators adopted by institutions as the UN, the OCDE or national development agencies. The use and efficiency of instruments such as gender impact evaluation, gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting or gender training, will be discussed. This broad introduction will be complemented by 7 interactive and experience-based case studies, addressing the following issues in the field of international development: gender-based violence; gender and post-conflict; gender and governance; gender and climate change; women's and LGBTQI rights as human rights and intersectionality in practice.

The course will be theoretically grounded but with a strong practical dimension, supported by the contribution brought by up to 5 senior experts from international organizations (UNESCO, OCDE) and NGO initiatives (Data Pop Alliance at Harvard-MIT, Equipop) invited to share their experiences on relevant course topics and case studies.
To encourage the implication of students, it will leave space to interactivity, especially through the case studies. Each case-study will be allocated to a group of four up to six students, in charge of setting-up the frame for the discussion with the larger group, to be moderated and supported by the lecturer. Each group is expected to identify the key theoretical and normative (legal) references as well as the main developments for each of the case, and to discuss one or two challenges attached to each of them. A timeline and summary note will be provided for each case by the lecturer.


FOREST, Maxime P. (Consultant-Chef de projet - Yellow Window Consultants)

Course validation

Assessment will be performed based upon three components:

1/ Case study (50%) A brief outline and a few additional reading suggestions will be provided for each case study at the start of the course, in addition to guidelines common to all cases studies, to be allocated over the two first sessions of the course. Drawing upon these inputs, each group will:
- identify and present the key theoretical and normative (legal) references relevant to the case
- briefly introduce the main timelines and developments for each case
- identify the key challenges or disputes that have arisen around each case
- engage discussion with the larger group to evidence the relevance and characteristics of a gender perspective for each case
Case studies will be assessed based on the accuracy of provided data (a), the quality of the visual supports and handouts (b) and the quality of the discussion (c)

2/ Policy briefs (40%) In relation to the tools and indicators presented in the course, and to each of the case studies, students will be individually ascribed a subject for a short (5-6 pages) policy brief designed to support the implementation of a gender perspective and articulating a diagnosis (definition of problem at stake) and a prognosis (way to tackle it).

3/ Oral participation (10%)


- Preparation of case studies
- Drafting and delivery of policy briefs (end of semester)
- Active participation in the classroom

Required reading

  • Caprioli, M. & K. Douglas, (2008) “Nation Building and Women: the Effect of Intervention on Women's Agency” in: Foreign Policy Analysis, 4, pp. 45-65
  • Hancock, A.M (2007) “When Multiplication Doesn't Equal Quick Addition: Examining Intersectionality as a Research Paradigm”, in Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 5 (1), pp. 63-79.
  • MacLeod, L. (2015) “A Feminist Approach to Hybridity: Understanding Local and International Interactions in Producing Post-Conflict Gender Security”, Journal of Intervention and State Building, vol. 9:1, pp. 48-69.
  • Matthijsen N. (2018) “Coming together. Experiences and lessons from an LGBTQI project in three countries”, Gender & Development, 26:1, 139-15
  • Schüler, D. (2006) “The uses and misuses of the Gender-related Development Index and Gender Empowerment Measure: a review of the literature”, in: Journal of Human Development 7.2: 161–81

Additional required reading

  • Coles, A., L. Gray and J. Momsen (eds.) (2015) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development, Routledge
  • Crenshaw, K. (1991) « Mapping the Margins: Intersectionnality, Identity Politics and Violence Against Women », in: Stanford Law Review, no.43, 1241-1298.
  • Lucy Ferguson (2015) “This Is Our Gender Person”, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 17:3, 380-397
  • Huber, L. and S. Karim (2017) “The Internationalization of Security Sector Gender Reforms in Post-Conflict Countries”, in Conflict Management and Peace Science, Vol.: 35 issue: 3, pp: 263-279.
  • Kabeer, N. (2005) “Gender equality and women's empowerment: a critical analysis of the third Millennium Development Goal', in: Gender and Development 13.1: 13–24
  • Kunz, R. (2016) “Windows of Opportunity, Trojan Horses and Waves of Women on the Move: De-colonizing the Circulation of Feminist Knowledges through Metaphors?” in Bustelo M., Ferguson L. and Forest M. (eds.) The Politics of Feminist Knowledge Transfer. Gender Training and Gender Expertise, Gender and Politics Series, Basingtoke, New York: Palgrave MacMillan (provided)
  • Mukhopadhyay M. (2013) Mainstreaming Gender or “Streaming” Gender Away: Feminists Marooned in the Development Business, IDS Bulletin 35.4 Repositioning Feminisms in Development
  • Wilson K. (2013) Agency as ‘Smart Economics': Neoliberalism, Gender and Development. In: Madhok S., Phillips A., Wilson K. (eds) Gender, Agency, and Coercion. Thinking Gender in Transnational Times. Palgrave Macmillan, London