NGOs, Participatory Development and Construction of Identities: Involving Men in Gender and Development (GAD) Programs in South Asia

Aamir Jamal


This article is a critical examination of development discourse, focusing on the process by which identities are constructed in the interactions between NGO workers and communities. Through an examination of gender and development (GAD) programs in South Asia, I explore some of the challenges and contradictions that arise in participatory development. I argue that sustainable practice can be achieved only through self-reflective, inclusive, and respectful relationships. Review of GAD initiatives in the Pashtun region of Pakistan and Afghanistan leads to the realization that there is urgent need to constructively engage men in gender-related programs.

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