Space for Gender Equality in the Security and Development Agenda? Insights from Three Donors

  • Liam Swiss
Part of the Rethinking International Development Series book series (RID)


In 2004, representatives of the 22 wealthiest foreign aid donor countries met under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and agreed to the above statement at a meeting that concretized the donor community’s views on the relationship between security and development. It is tempting to think that foreign aid’s recent alliance with security emerged primarily from renewed interest in national security in the wake of the September 2001 attacks on the United States. However, as the introductory chapter in this volume establishes, this assumption overlooks a lengthier dialogue between security and development communities that grew from the early-1990s turn towards human security as an organizing principle for some donors’ aid and their foreign policy objectives.


Civil Society Gender Equality Development Agenda Policy Coherence Security Sector 
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