Author Archives: marisa burton

About marisa burton

graduate student, masters of development studies, IHEID, geneva

Essentialization: Another problem with gender in development

gender in development continues to use and perpetuate certain gender myths:

“that women are more industrious and responsible than men, that women politicians can’t be corrupt and always represent women’s interests, that women care more for their children and the environment and that they are closer to the earth…”
And of course too often men are implied to be the opposite: the violent aggressor, the lazy husband, the selfish drunk, the disinterested father. Continue reading

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Girls as tools: one problem with gender in development

It’s not that I think the statistics (women spend n% more on their children) aren’t true. I might even agree that using this fact is a good idea at least for certain projects or at least in the short term. But I think it’s a mistake to just use this fact uncritically. We should really think hard about the reasons this statistic is true: why are women more inclined to spend extra income on their children? Continue reading

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KONY 2012… raising what exactly?

As everyone is now aware, Invisible Children released their 11th video on Joseph Kony and the LRA a couple of days ago: and the controversy over Invisible Children and their movies has multiplied. Several sources (for example) have noted that almost … Continue reading

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Call for Links

Worldly IHEID-ers, who are your favorite development bloggers? Or to expand it a little, your favorite independent related-to-development writers and sites? Following this year’s round of the awkwardly named Aid Blogger’s Best Awards (ABBAs) there has been a bit of back-and-forth … Continue reading

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Who Should Work in Development?

In the spirit of the inherent self-centerdness of blogging, let’s devote our inaugural post to professionalism in the development industry. In response to well-intentioned amateur aid work in general but especially Kristof’s NYT piece on DIY Aid and the common defense that “at … Continue reading

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