The micro-politics of gender mainstreaming: the administration of policy in humanitarian work in Cambodia
This article looks at how one organisation, Oxfam GB, attempted to mainstream gender issues into a development project in Cambodia as part of its humanitarian response, by establishing ‘gender infrastructure’. This refers to changes to organisational systems and procedures to provide a framework which enables development organisations to promote gender equality and address women’s interests. A focus on gender infrastructure may lead to appointing advisory positions, setting up groups of staff to lead on and promote gender issues, or establishing agreed standards. While such efforts can result in integrating gender concerns, the research also demonstrates how gender issues can become part of the micro-politics of development work.
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