Publication Date

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Dr Teresa Healy

Abstract

This Capstone investigates the effectiveness of promoting gender and women’s empowerment policy. The Millennium Declaration adopted in the year 2000 by the United Nations member states lists the fundamental goals and objectives agreed in various international forums and summits. From this Declaration eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were born. The mandate was to provide standards to gauge the advancement towards global poverty and to achieve them by the year 2015. The third MDG aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through political representation, employment and education. My capstone will use a macro perspective to analyse the impact of the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment policy in Sub-Saharan African countries. I intend to explore the effectiveness of this policy and with the existence of Africa Management’s Services Company (AMSCO), Growth Oriented Women Enterprises (GOWE) program as a case study; I shall investigate whether this has had a significant impact on achieving the Millennium Development Goal. I shall identify the gaps through observation, research and interviews and come up with potential recommendations on how to ensure that this challenge if not met before 2015 could still continue to have impact in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Women's Studies