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Author:Kikau, Eci.
Institution: University of Reading, UK.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Women in rural development -- Fiji, Women -- Fiji -- Societies and clubs
Date: 1986.
Call No.: Pac HQ 1867 .7 .K5
BRN: 859569
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Abstract: This dissertation is an attempt to analyse the role and impact of women's organisations in rural development, and to examine the extent to which this contributes to overall national development. It is argued that as non-governmental organisations, women's groups do not receive adequate support in their developmental activities, and that the key factors involved emerge from the overall socio-economic and political context in which such organisations operate. In addition, it is further argued that unless the support given to non-governmental organizations is one which recognises, accepts and facilitates such resources through institutions at both micro and macro levels, then as less formal, less bureaucratic structures, these associations will continuously face problems of maladjustment, malfunction, and role crisis in the overallprocess of national development. Hence it can be seen that in most developing countries and in particular, the small island states of the Pacific, the dilemma of being in transitional economies, in which the forces of the Western capitalist infrastructure 'lure' the greater portion of the male population, the role of women's organisations in their attempts to forge and maintain links within the constraints of the wider society, is an issue worth reviewing in the light of scarce developmental resources. The area of study will initially focus on a more general level of specific development issues to be followed by a discussion of the whole question of women and work in development. In addition, an examination of the perceptions of non-governmental agencies in development will be reviewed, and the implications for women's organisations on the above issues will be illustrated in a 'case-study' analysis of the Fijian situation, followed by various suggestions for ‘remedial' alternatives.
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