June 10, 2010, 11:17 a.m.
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has released two reports that critically examine how decentralization affects women’s access to services, resources, and political power. Since 2004, thirteen research teams in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America, have been exploring whether and how decentralization has improved women’s influence over public decision making. The reports conclude that although decentralization is often presented as a magic bullet for development, it does not automatically benefit women, and can even put them at a disadvantage. You can access the documents here and here.