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.



Women and Structural Adjustment - The Case of Bangladesh

The international recession in the early eighties seriously eroded Bangladesh's growth prospects. There was a collapse in the price of jute - the main export crop - and a simultaneous stagnation of external aid receipts on which the country is almost uniquely dependent. In the face of unsustainable external and fiscal deficits, a wide-ranging programme of stabilisation and structural adjustment was initiated along the guidelines of the World Bank and the IMF.


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