The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Awareness and action: the ethno-gender dynamics of Sri Lankan NGOs

Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2007) Awareness and action: the ethno-gender dynamics of Sri Lankan NGOs Gender, Place & Culture, 14, (3), pp. 317-333. (doi:10.1080/09663690701324987).

Record type: Article

Abstract

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are the modus operandi in the development arena at this juncture. Many, including feminists, place much faith in these actors for creating a progressive space for social, political, and economic activities to be undertaken. This article employs fieldwork evidence from eastern Sri Lanka, carried out in 1998-1999 and early 2004, to challenge this simplistic reading. The primary social group that was studied during the fieldwork period was female-headed households. This article argues that there are different types of NGO working in multiple ways in the region, and it is important to distinguish between these differences. NGOs that primarily execute development-oriented projects without considering the ethno-nationalist and gender politics are culpable of the violence of development. It is only when NGOs are in local communities for the long haul that they are able to develop a commitment to reassess and evaluate the social transformative potential of their activities. Using a feminist political economy perspective this article argues that it is important and necessary that NGOs confront social, political, and economic structures, including ethnic identity politics, if their activities are to lead to transformative feminist politics. In other words, NGOs would have to do more than pay lip service to gender mainstreaming, as is more often the case. These actors need to recognize and understand the potency of ethno-nationalist politics, social structures, social exclusion, and social injustice in order to create social spaces that are enabling of women's agency in the local communities within which they work and operate.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: June 2007
Additional Information: A feminist political economy perspective is adopted to discuss that it is critical for NGOs to confront social, political, and economic structures, including ethnic identity politics, if their activities are to lead to transformative social spaces. A failure to do so leads to these actors propagating the “violence of development”.
Keywords: ethnic-dynamics, NGOs and civil society, community activism, social/political transformation, eastern sri lanka

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 47039
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47039
ISSN: 0966-369X
PURE UUID: 56626b7a-7cd1-4012-a84a-19d0e1b5a8be

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Jul 2007
Last modified: 08 Sep 2017 16:31

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×