A working paper titled ‘The political economy of women’s empowerment policies in India’ by Jyotsna Jha, Niveditha Menon and Neha Ghatak has been published by UNU-Wider

A working paper titled ‘The political economy of women’s empowerment policies in India: Understanding it through the beginning and end of the Mahila Samakhya programme’ by Jyotsna Jha, Niveditha Menon and Neha Ghatak has been published by UNU-Wider in their working paper series – WIDER Working Paper 2022/56 in May 2022. The paper investigates the political economy of women’s empowerment policies in India by centering its analysis on the genesis and closure of a major programme Mahila Samakhya. The shift in the global development discourse towards ‘evidence-based’ policymaking has been highlighted by the authors. The paper argues that such a shift focuses more on immediate ‘outcomes’ which takes away the significance of programmes like Mahila Samakhya which focuses more on ‘processes’. The paper can be viewed here.

Citation for this working paper – 

Jha, J., Menon, N. & Ghatak, N. (2022). The political economy of women’s empowerment policies in India: Understanding it through the beginning and end of the Mahila Samakhya programme. WIDER Working Paper 2022/56. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.