Galvanising Girls for Development?

Critiquing the Shift from ‘Smart’ to ‘Smarter Economics’ (2016)

Chant, Sylvia
in Progress in Development Studies, 16:4

This paper traces the mounting interest in, and visibility of, girls and young women in development policy, especially since the turn of the 21st century when a ‘Smart Economics’ rationale for promoting gender equality and female empowerment has become ever more prominent and explicit.

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Female Household Headship as an Asset?

Interrogating the Intersections of Urbanisation, Gender and Domestic Transformations (2016)

Chant, Sylvia
in Caroline Moser (ed.) Gender, Asset Accumulation and Just Cities: Pathways to Transformation (Routledge: London), 21-39
Abstract

The focus of this chapter is female household headship, which appears to be increasing in the context of ongoing urbanisation in the Global South, and has frequently been the subject of quite heated debate about what this means for women and well- being.

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Youth and Employment

(forthcoming)

Chant, Sylvia
in Gareth Jones, Katherine Brickell, Sylvia Chant and Sarah Thomas de Benítez, Bringing Youth into Development
(Zed: London)

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Youth and Sexuality

(forthcoming)

Chant, Sylvia (forthcoming)
in Gareth Jones, Katherine Brickell, Sylvia Chant and Sarah Thomas de Benítez, Bringing Youth into Development
(Zed: London)

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Women, Girls and World Poverty

Empowerment, Equality or Essentialism? (2016)

Chant, Sylvia
in International Development Planning Review, 38:1, 1-24
(Zed: London)
Selected as Editor’s Choice as ‘influential paper’ February 2016 and made open access for 3 months.

Can the targeting of women and girls in anti-poverty interventions not only provide them with a pathway out of poverty, but also promote gender equality and female empowerment in developing countries?

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Gender and Poverty in the Global South (2015)

 

Mother and daughters eke a living from street food
Chant, Sylvia
in Anne Coles, Leslie Gray and Janet Momsen (eds) A Handbook of Gender and Development
(Routledge:London), 191-203

The reiteration of ‘smart economics’ thinking in the World Bank’s flagship World Development Report 2012 on Gender Equality and Development is unlikely to do much to counteract the seemingly inexorable tendency for gender equality and ‘female empowerment’ to be sacrificed to the larger goals of poverty reduction and economic growth.

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Dimensions and Dynamics of the Gambian Diaspora in the Digital Age (2015)

Chant, Sylvia
in Nando Sigona, Alan Gamlen, Giulia Liberatore and Hélène Neveu Kringelbach (eds) Diasporas Reimagined (Oxford Diasporas Programme: Oxford), 51-62.

The tiny West African nation of The Gambia allegedly possesses a diasporic population of approximately 70,000. is represents around 4 per cent of the national total, making e Gambia’s net migration rate (migrants per 1,000 people) the tenth highest in Africa.

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Women in Cities: Prosperity or Poverty?

A Need for Multi-Dimensional and Multi-Spatial Analysis (2015)

Chant, Sylvia and Datu, Kerwin
in Charlotte Lemanski and Colin Marx (eds) The City in Urban Poverty (Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke), 39-63

Urbanisation is often celebrated as a gateway to expanded economic,social and political opportunities for women, as well as greater possibili- ties for independent upward mobility.

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The Informal Economy in Cities of the South (2014)

Chant, Sylvia
in Vandana Desai and Robert Potter (eds), The Companion to Development Studies, 3rd  edition (Hodder and Stoughton: London), 200-207.

Regardless of policies which may be implemented by governments and agencies, it is likely that the informal economy will continue to be a significant feature of urban labour markets in the South. One key area is that of extending and enhancing systems of public education and training which encompass commercial and managerial skills, alongside instruction in cutting-edge developments such as information and communications technology (ICT). Policies geared to supporting people’s efforts to sustain their livelihoods should also take due steps to consult the groups concerned. The fact that the informal economy has survived so well through three decades of periodic crisis and ongoing restruc- turing in developing regions testifies to the fact that there are valuable lessons to be learned ‘from below’.

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Migration, Urbanisation and Changing Gender Relations in the South (2014)

Tacoli, Cecilia and Chant, Sylvia
in Sue Parnell and Sophie Oldfield (eds) The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South (Routledge: London) 586-96
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