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Title: 
  • Title is in Icelandic Human Security, Gender and Development: A Test-Case for Iceland’s Assistance Policy
Abstract: 
  • Abstract is in Icelandic

    The aim of this thesis is to seek an understanding of women’s human security in
    developing countries, and to ask whether the human security concept as such can
    live up to expectations as a practical guide to improving women’s lot. Iceland’s
    stance on aid provision and its promotion of gender issues is also examined, to see
    whether the country’s efforts are being directed to the right targets and for
    maximum effect. The subject is approached by introducing a historical summary
    of the rise of ‘human security’ thinking followed by a theoretical discussion of the
    concept. This twofold introduction provides a clearer picture of the concept’s
    utility and its limitations.
    To see how different security threats may face women within developing
    countries, the seven categories of human security defined in the 1994 UNDP
    report are then used to give a non-exhaustive review of the problems. This
    approach is then narrowed down to focus on Uganda as a test case. The results
    show that there can be no human security without including the dimension of
    gender, as gender equality is a precondition for human security. The review also
    highlights that despite the concept’s limits for framing practical policies, it does
    help in asking important questions.
    Finally Iceland’s international development efforts are shown to have
    increased considerably in recent years with many important steps taken to this
    end. In the same manner Iceland is shown to have increased its emphasis on issues
    of gender equality and women’s security, despite still having much to learn in this
    and other aspects of aid. Many hopeful prospects are in sight for Iceland in future:
    as a donor, a partner, and in terms of mutual learning about the true inter-linkages
    of gender, security and development.

Description: 
  • Description is in Icelandic Ritgerðin er lokuð fram í janúar 2011.
Accepted: 
  • Apr 26, 2010
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/4761


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