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Gender and Corruption in Development Cooperation

Organized by
EADI (European Association of Development Institutes)

GTZ headquarter Eschborn/Germany (near Frankfurt am Main)
10-11 November 2008




The UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) has now been ratified by 107 countries and it is largely acknowledged that many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) cannot be achieved without seriously tackling corruption. Indeed, by diverting resources, biasing decision-making processes, and undermining trust in politics and the economy, corruption is a major stumbling block for good governance and thus for sustainable evelopment.
The international community has also widely acknowledged the importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key to combat poverty. Numerous international conventions - as for instance CEDAW, the Millennium Development Goals, in particular MDG 3, the EU Council Conclusions and G8 Commitments of 2007 as well as the World Banks Gender Action Plan - highlight the importance of gender equality as a goal in itself as well as in other sectors. Fighting for human rights, enhancing equal opportunities of participation for women and men and access to all kinds of resources are not only strategies, goals and challenges but main keys for equity, economic growth and social justice. Fighting against corruption and promoting gender equality are vital forces when it comes to effectivity of development cooperation. 2008 is the year of international political review processes concerning aid effectiveness and financing for development. In the light of that: How can aid be effective if different stakeholders do not participate on an equal foot and in a gender balanced way? How can cooperation and aid be efficient if structures are not transparent?

Call for papers

Guiding questions are:
What are the links between corruption and gender policies? What are the lessons learnt from development cooperation’s daily practises? Can we find synergies in the fight against corruption and the efforts invested into promoting gender equality? Which are focal areas for development action (e.g. Gender Budgeting, Violence against Women)? What are specific roles and responsibilities of women AND men in the fight against corruption especially in developing and transformation countries? To which extend (and how) can civil society actors contribute to reach the goals of enforcing equate and transparent social systems? What responsibilities and actions of different actors have to be exerted in the process of restructuration of the aid architecture for enforcing equate, transparent and accountable aid structures?
These and other questions related to the issue of corruption and gender will be the core of the discussions of the workshop organised jointly by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and EADI.

The aim of the workshop is to overcome the debate on whether women are more affected by corruption then men, or whether women might be less corrupt then men. Rather, the workshop intends to open avenues for effectively integrating gender-related aspects into anti-corruption efforts and vice-versa. Results are expected to be fed back into the practice of development cooperation and into relevant international processes such as the UNCAC working groups.

We kindly invite development researchers and practitioners, policy makers, actors of civil society organisations and the private sector to present their results and experiences as well as to share concepts, methodologies and approaches during the workshop and to participate in the discussions and roundtables.

A special issue of the European Journal of Development Research may be published with a selection of papers from the workshop.

Due to limited space it is only possible to cover a restricted number of participants.
Participants only are cordially invited to indicate their interest until 1 August 2008 via e-mail to [email protected].

Important deadlines and information

1. Submission of abstracts: 1 August 2008 (abstracts no longer than 300 words)
2. Acceptance of contributions: 18 August 2008
3. Submission of papers: 5 October 2008 (full length of papers no longer than 4,000 words, including notes and references)
4. Workshop date: 10-11 November 2008
5. Venue: GTZ headquarter Eschborn/Germany (near Frankfurt am Main)
6. Workshop language: English


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EADI - the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes – is the leading professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. Our membership includes a wide range of development research and training organisations, think tanks, national bodies and...

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