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Title:Strengthening Civil Society: Participatory Action Research in a Militarised State
Author:Mama, AminaISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:Development in Practice
Volume:10
Issue:1
Pages:59-70
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:research
NGO
military regimes
women
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Military, Defense and Arms
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09614520052501
Abstract:ABANTU for Development is a human resources network established in 1991 by African women involved in research, training and capacity-building. Its regional programme aims at strengthening the capacities of NGOs to influence policies from a gender perspective. A large part of this programme is located in West Africa, where its focus is on national and local NGO communities, applying a gender-sensitive participatory methodology. The Nigeria research project of ABANTU began in September 1996, when the country was still a military State. The author of the present report was research coordinator of the project. She discusses applications of the term and concept of participation, describes the establishment of a partnership between the ABANTU network and the Nigerian NGO community and the use of local researchers, and presents some results of the project, pointing to local realities and local, conceptually and historically specific meanings of the terms gender and policy, and to the fact that the research was hampered by the fact that successive military regimes in Nigeria have mounted high-profile programmes for women. Without being able to articulate a definition of 'policy', many Nigerian NGOs do engage in gender activism. What they lack is a combination of skills and strategic information about the processes of governance. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English, French (p. 135), Portuguese (p. 137) and Spanish (p. 138-139).
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