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Integrating Gender Aspects in Natural Resource Management:Ensuring the Sustainability of Environmental Projects in Senegal
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In Senegal, rural communities depend on natural resources close to their settlement. Therefore,Natural Resource Management efforts require the effective participation of communities, specifically memberswhose socio-economic activities have the biggest impact on the resource. While men's participation is not anissue, social and cultural norms still govern women's participation and may prevent women from beinginvolved. Non-Governmental Organisations working in NRM have to evaluate the importance of this genderimbalance and its impact on the sustainability of their projects. Open-ended questions during semi-structuredexploratory interviews with NGO project staffs as well as the results of analyses using Progressive Focussinghighlight the role of a project staff’s perception of gender as a concept and its utility in achieving the project’sobjectives. The study concludes that project staff members interpret the concept of “gender integration” asmeaning “women integration”. The gender-sensitivity of the project staff is important if gender aspects are to beincluded in the project cycle. Finally, gender integration ensures the sustainability of NRM projects in Senegalwhen socio-cultural factors are taken into consideration.

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2014. , 48 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 223
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Gender, Natural Resource Management, Non-Governmental Organizations, Project Staff, Senegal.
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237210OAI: diva2:767160
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2014-08-27, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-12-01 Created: 2014-11-30 Last updated: 2014-12-01Bibliographically approved

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