Struggle for interpretation. A feminist inquiry into the business case.

Klaudia Kowalik, Mira Alexandra Klokmose Williams, Amalie Holst Madsen & Kuluk Møller Haltrup

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper sets out critically engage with the business case approach in development through a
case study of the Girl Effect. Contextualizing the business case within wider development
initiatives pertaining to women and gender equality, the paper adopt a pluralist feminist
understanding to account for how the business case, from a feminist perspective, frames
women’s role in development. Inspired by Carol Bacchi’s ‘what’s the problem represented to be
approach’, framing theory, and the concept of buzzwords, the authors adopt a broad discursive
approach to the analysis, which in turn uncover the assumptions and silences of the business
case’s framing the female subject’s participation in economic development. A reflexive analysis
concludes that the market oriented rationale, which informs the business case approach,
proposes simplified solutions to complex development process. But also, that through the reappropriation
of feminist terminology, and the return to the lived experiences of women,
feminism offers important nuances and insights to the development agenda.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2017
Antal sider55
VejledereJohanna Hood