Women and Structural Adjustment

Selected Case Studies Commissioned for a Commonwealth Group of Experts

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These case studies provide much needed information from selected Commonwealth countries which have implemented various types of stabilisation and structural adjustment package with differing degrees of success. They give useful insights into the recent developments and experiences of relevance. These are brought together in the final study which carries out a comparative review, focusing on the main issues raised earlier and pointing to the gaps which remain to be filled by future research.



Implications of Economic Reforms for Women in Zambia: The Case of The Economic Reform Programme 1983-87

Economic adjustment refers to the process of responding to disequilibrium in the economy, particularly to deficits in a country's balance of payments. Short-term adjustment or stabilisation policies focus on the demand side of the economy, whereas longer-term or ‘structural adjustment’ policies emphasise supply factors and the need for fundamental changes in the structure of the economy. Stabilisation and adjustment policies, largely under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, have dominated macro-economic policy-making in many developing countries in the last decade.


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