After two years of research on the feminisation of anti-poverty policies, Professor François-Xavier Merrien, the expert having coordinated the project funded by the SNIS, presented the research findings at a workshop held at the University of Lausanne.
The research carried out in Mozambique, Brazil and the Philippines has provided several interesting results. As mentioned in an interview with Professor Merrien, the widespread discourse on the relevance of poverty programmes has proved to be rather delusive. It is usually said that the “conditional cash transfers” aiming at fighting against poverty through allocations are effective instruments to emphasise the role of women in economic development, whereas field research showed that this claim has to be reconsidered, especially in the light of local practices. Likewise, these programmes tend to overemphasise the global architecture but do not sufficiently take into account regional specificities and the uniqueness of each social context.