Gender and Political Settlement: A comparative Analysis of Gendered Inclusion and Policy Influence in Developing Countries

This is a multi-country research project. The project seeks to examine the roles of the state, the executive and legislative branches, as well as civil society organizations in effecting change regarding women¡¯s rights in selected developing countries, including Bangladesh, Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda.

The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Center (ESID) at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) is coordinating this research project internationally. ESID is based at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) and the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), University of Manchester, and has research partners based in various universities in Ghana, Uganda, Bangladesh, India, South Africa and Malawi. In Uganda, CBR is conducting a process stressing study on the Domestic violence Act 2010 and the Universal Primary Education (UPE) policy.

The study aims to achieve the following objectives;

Examine the quality of women¡¯s inclusion and participation in formal political institutions and informal processes; examine the factors that shape the relationship between women¡¯s inclusion in politics and their influence over policies on (girl¡¯s education/ laws on domestic violence) and to find out the role played by pro-women policy coalitions in changing the gendered nature of settlements around girls education and Domestic Violence.

The research seeks to answer two specific questions: (1) how do women and other state or non-state actors (including formal and information institutions, power brokers, and other key decision-makers) negotiate within given political settlements; and (2) how do different types of political settlements shape differences in gender equity outcomes in specific policy areas of gender parity in education and gender-based violence. By "political settlement,¡± this project refers to a growing body of theory within development studies that conceptualizes post-conflict states as resulting from a combination of formal political processes and institutions and informal negotiations and "distribution of power between contending social groups and social classes, on which any state is based¡±.

Progress So Far

In September 2013, research teams from all the partner countries met at the University of Manchester, UK, for the initial conceptualization of the study. In this methodology workshop, g, CBR was represented by Associate Prof. Josephine Ahikire as the principal Researcher and Mr. Amon Ashaba Mwiine, as the co-researcher.

As part of the collaborative effort, CBR will host a follow up Comparative Analysis Workshop on Gender and Political Settlement between 24th � 27th September, 2014 in Kampala Uganda.

We need to be organised- Women activist

1st, October 2014

Women activists have been asked to form an organized front to advocate for their causes other than having several voices speaking differently.


\r\n This was said by Jane Alisemera Babiiha (former Bundibugyo MP) during a gender and political settlement event at Center for basic research, in Kololo.

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