Feminist Aid, Feminist Data?

Analyzing Aid Data and its Relationship to Gender Equality Programming
Friday, 29 September 2017 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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This is the first CASID Certificate Seminar in the 2017/2018 Series.

All are welcome and University of Ottawa students are especially encouraged to participate.

Maximum enrolment: 20 Certificate seminar participants

The first hour will be a public presentation by Dr. Liam Swiss, Memorial Univeristy, Newfoundland titled:

Foreign Aid and Norm Diffusion: The Case of Gender Equality

 In the face of sometimes significant resistance, norms of gender equality and women’s rights have been institutionalized in almost every country of the world over the last half-century.  Even in some of the most patriarchal and gender unequal countries in the world, we see at least the tacit embrace of global norms on gender equality (GE) and women’s rights (i.e. ratification of CEDAW, the adoption of electoral quotas, the creation of a Women’s ministry). Past research points to the influence of transnational advocacy, the global women’s movement, human rights treaties, and global conferences as key contributors to the spread of gender equality norms throughout World Society.  Yet, despite increased studies indicating that foreign aid facilitates developing country embeddedness within World Society, no study has examined whether aid contributes to the diffusion of gender norms in the Global South. This study examines aid’s role in norm diffusion and its effects on gender inequality to assess how it contributes to the institutionalization of gender equality norms globally. Using a dataset of bilateral development assistance flows and country level indicators of gender equality and institutional adoption, this paper employs event history analysis and fixed-effects panel regression to show aid’s role in norm diffusion and the support of GE.  Our results contribute to an expanded understanding of the role of aid and World Society in the diffusion of gender equality norms, and suggest a framework for understanding foreign aid’s role in norm diffusion processes more generally.

Following the public presentation will be a Certificate Seminar for registered participants to examine strategies for analysing foreign aid data and its relationship to gender equality programming. This part of the seminar will focus on skills development in reading and analysing aid data and statistics. This second part of the event will be facilitated by Dr. Liam Swiss.