Gender In Development – How Peace Corps Incorporates Gender into its Planning Process for Project Identification in West Africa.


Writing about Women In Development is for me not only a challenge, but an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work that my mother and millions of stay-at-home mothers have done raising millions of children, despite not being counted as agents of development at the macro-economic level. Indeed, neo-classical economists considered that the individual is the most productive macro- economic agent. This idea is based on the perception that the individual is who financially contributes to the macro-economy development of a country, by saving and investing within the country, which leads to economic growth, and development. This concept of development tied with economic growth is not in line with my definition of development, which I simply define as a satisfaction of basic needs. During the course of this paper, I will explore the role of the Peace Corps Volunteers in collaboration with local people in West-Africa to fulfill their basic needs, using a gender perspective. Specifically, I examine How Peace Corps incorporates gender into its planning process for project identification with focus in West Africa.


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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