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Integrating gender into poverty alleviation programmes requires a thorough understanding of gender relations, and well-crafted strategies by development organisations. This article discusses some of the strategies used to promote gender-fair development in the context of Sudan, with specific reference to Oxfam’s work in Sudan during the 1990s. The gender dimensions of poverty in rural communities of Sudan limit women’s entitlements and capabilities. An understanding of these is, therefore, critical in creating development strategies that transform social and political processes to enhance women’s capabilities and rights. These strategies need to be found for every aspect of organisational functioning, from the management structure to methods and approaches used in working with communities.

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