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Centre of African Studies: Research


Mainstreaming Men into Gender and Development in Botswana: What Role for CSOs?

Molefe Joseph

This Early Career Fellowship (Project Reference: ECF-2011-258) is jointly funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Edinburgh for three years (01/03/2012–28/02/2015).  The project seeks to understand how civil society organizations (CSOs) and other key stakeholders involved in gender and development in Botswana engage with the subject of men and masculinities. Molefe completed seven months of fieldwork in Botswana where he conducted focus group discussions with CSOs and government agencies. Work is on-going to apply a context-sensitive approach for the detailed discursive and linguistic analysis of data. However, it emerged from the preliminary analysis that different civil society actors in Botswana interpret and respond to the recent emphasis to engage men into gender approach to development in many different ways. These four closely interlinked broad discursive themes emerged from the analysis, namely, the discourse of health, gender neutrality discourse, the discourse of intergenerational relations, and the discourse of disempowerment.

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