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Power Together - Power to Act. Women mobilising resources through collective strategies in Uganda

Författare och institution:
Margareta Espling (Kulturgeografiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Poster presented at the conference Meeting Global Challenges in Research Cooperation, Sida/Uppsala University/SLU, Uppsala May 27-29, 2008,
Konferensbidrag, poster
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The number of community-based groups in Uganda has grown dramatically during the last decade or so, both in urban and rural areas. The reason for this increase seems to be influenced both ‘from above’ through state-initiated policies in favour of group formation, as well as ‘from below’ as people mobilise, initiate actions and collective strategies by forming groups, networks and associations, in response to changing living conditions. This paper aims at illustrating how women have mobilised and organised themselves in order to get access to, or to get better access to, scarce resources for their daily livelihoods. From an empowerment perspective, women’s possibilities to better access or utilize various kind of resources tend to increase through collective strategies creating ‘power with’ in order to enhance their capacities to achieve with others what they cannot achieve alone. Through collective strategies the women become strengthened and can achieve ‘power to’ do new things with the aim of coping with everyday vulnerability. Empirical material has been collected in two districts, including an urban-rural dimension. Representatives of 60 women’s community-based groups have been interviewed, using semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions. The findings suggest that the main reason to form groups is of an economic and practical character. Women’s groups are also important for mobilising financial resources, as well as resources such as information and new knowledge. These groups constitute an important social as well as economic resource base in the daily lives of their members.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Social och ekonomisk geografi ->
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
women, collective strategies, community-based organisations, social networks, economic reciprocity networks, Uganda
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2008-06-17 17:09

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