Integrating Gender Aspects in Natural Resource Management:Ensuring the Sustainability of Environmental Projects in Senegal
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 48 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 223
Sustainable Development, Gender, Natural Resource Management, Non-Governmental Organizations, Project Staff, Senegal.
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237210DiVA: diva2:767160
Subject / course
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2014-08-27, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Öhman, May-BrittRudebeck, Lars