The relations between women and men their traditional rights to use or own land, to control cash income and other resources, and their obligations to provide food and other necessities for family members are important aspects of any society's organization. The fact that gender roles vary widely from one culture to the next is of utmost importance for development policy makers, planners, and project designers for donor countries.
Often, development projects, sponsored and implemented by Western organizations, reflect ethnocentric biases about the sexual division of labor, rights, and responsibilities. Too many projects have failed because they were administered with very little insight into gender relations.
Gender relations most often work toward the subordination of women. Thus, the advantages of development increased earnings or labor-saving techniques go to men, while for women development can mean an increased and unremunerated workload. "Gender and Development" deals with the importance of gender relations in crucial areas of development agriculture, employment, housing, transport, health, household management and underlines the necessity of having statistical materials that realistically reflect gender differentials.
Including the work of some of the best-known names in the field Lise Ostergaard, Ann Whitehead, Hilary Standing, Caroline O.N. Moser, Caren Levy, Kate Young, Alison Evans, and Cecilia Anderson "Gender and Development" will be essential reading for administrators of aid organizations, government policy-makers, and fieldworkers.