NGOs and Women's Capabilities in Post-War Settings: The Cae of Sierra Leone
JENda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, 15, July 2009
Fredline A. MCormack-Hale, Ph.D. School of Diplomacy and International Relations
This paper analyzes the role of select NGOs in Sierra Leone such as International Rescue Committee (IRC) and American Refugee Council (ARC) to see whether changing discourse is reflected in practice. Findings reveal that despite specific mandates to address women’s needs, women-focused projects are limited in scope, with an emphasis on micro-credit and skills training projects with some counseling components. Although implemented projects appear to reflect women’s self-identified needs, the study concludes that development organizations should incorporate programs that address both practical as well as strategic interests and address the wider underlying structural inequalities that present barriers to women’s equality.