Top-down development schemes across Africa routinely fail to account for complicated gender dynamics within specific contexts. Failures to account for gender, or categorical essentializations of complex conditions, have led to unintended, and often deleterious, outcomes for familial relationships, women’s health, environment, and development schemes themselves (e.g. Carney 2004; Schroeder 1999). Drawing from contexts of mineral extraction, dam construction, climate change and natural resource governance, panelists in this session will examine the implications of particular development initiatives on gender and the environment. These papers are designed to: 1) provide empirical evidence for the relationships between gender and environment in the context of particular development interventions; 2) critically connect these outcomes and understandings across the broader discursive terrain of development in Africa; and 3) reimagine more sustainable and equitable development initiatives for particular socio-ecological contexts in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Interested panels may submit inquires to [email protected] as soon as possible.