| || || Pollard, Patricia Sango|
| || || The impacts of foreign aid on the campaign to improve women's participation in national leadership in Solomon Islands|
Author:Pollard, Patricia Sango
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A. Development Studies
Subject: Women -- Political activity -- Solomon Islands, Women politicians -- Solomon Islands
Call No.: Pac HQ 1236 .5 .S6 P65 2014
Copyright:40-60% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: This study examines the impacts that foreign aid has imparted on the process of increasing women’s participation in the national leadership sphere of Solomon Islands. It is centered on the question, “How effective are aid funded programmes that promote gender equality in national leadership in Solomon Islands?” This question is supported by a number of main objectives that aim at drawing out the key findings. The researcher has employed the ‘feminist standpoint’ epistemology, which entails basing the research on experiences of women and is conducted through the social constructivist approach due to its nature of dealing with different realities. The findings are gathered and analysed through qualitative means although some statistical data were also used. In gathering primary information, the study has consulted donors, intermediary or facilitating organizations and direct recipient women’s groups; supplementary information was also obtained from government sources. The research has found that while donor funding has succeeded in empowering and improving the livelihoods of women in the country, effectiveness of funded programmes aimed at increasing women’s representation in Parliament has been limited to the proliferation of information on the subject, and enhanced networking among stakeholders that advocate for the cause. That is, aid towards women in leadership programmes over the past years has been unsuccessful in producing female candidates in national leadership. This has been brought about by various issues including, poor communication among stakeholders, non-compatible donor policies and practices, limited government support despite supportive policies, discrepancies associated with channelling assistance through facilitating organizations, differences and non-supportive practices among recipient women’s group themselves and limited support from the society at large. iv The country needs to appreciate that in order to move forward in development, equal gender representation in the decision-making sphere is important. Since this campaign has largely been aid driven, efforts need to be put into developing suitable and better aid delivery methods that will address the situation effectively.