International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Pursuing Gender-Transformative Change in Customary Tenure Systems: Civil Society Work in Zambia

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article examines activities undertaken by civil society organisations in Zambia to create gender-transformative change in customary tenure systems. It is based on primary data collected through interviews and group discussions with NGO representatives, lawyers and women’s rights advocates, chiefs, women leaders, and local community members. The findings show that organisations pursue change by leveraging global and national frameworks and discourses and working with traditional authorities, local magistrates, men and women at the village level. Promoting gender transformative change requires multi-level networking and working across hierarchies of power that extend from the household to the state.

Publication Title

Development in Practice

Publication Date

10-3-2018

Volume

28

Issue

7

First Page

872

Last Page

883

ISSN

0961-4524

DOI

10.1080/09614524.2018.1480896

Keywords

civil society–NGOs, governance and public policy, Sub-Saharan Africa, Zambia

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