Looking at all the issues, reasoning and practice of development through the lens of poor women revealing flaws in the concept.
This crisis is a chance to rethink Indian economic policy and focus on informal, lower income sectors.
Paper presented at the UNDP event titled "Turning the Global Economic Crisis into Opportunity: Women's Ideas" at the Commission on the Status of Women, 53rd Session, March 2009: New York
The paper reveals how the engagement of women with development ideas and approaches, challenged the mainstream views and programs, re claimed agency, i.e. the power to define the agenda and finally how women from the South even led the UN's ventures. Through description and analysis of six decades of the engagement , it comes to the conclusion that all the three actors, i.e. women as represented by the international women's movement, development as currently articulated through the liberal economics paradigm and the UN, weakened by the entry of financial and corporate global players, need to rethink their basic ideas and approaches.
The book shows how women's contributions have changed and shaped development thought and practice at the UN.
With an alarming rise in disparities between the rich and poor, even within developing countries, rethinking fundamentals rather than getting the old fundamentals straight, seems to be the need of the hour. This reflection appeared recently on the online edition of the Indian economic daily Financial Express of 20 July, 2004.
Devaki Jain raises the critical question of how to support the UN while maintaining national sovereignty when dealing with the human rights framework. She proposes this as a crucial and complex question to consider for global governance, a key issue of UN intergovernmental global events such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
The Many New Faces of Economic Development and some questions on how to land Justice
A historical narrative and update
Speeches delivered by Devaki Jain on various occasions; with special reference to Indian women.