Gender and Resource-Related Conflicts in Africa

In October 2017 NAI organizes a Roundtable on Gender and Resource-Related Conflicts in Africa, bringing together researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and other stakeholders to interact at a policy-research platform on gender dynamics in resource-related conflicts in Africa.

NAI library staff has compiled relevant information resources.

Usage of a few gender related keywords in the NAI library catalogue. The bigger the text, the more hits. (Sep. 2017)

Background and key issues

Many African countries depend largely on natural resources for economic production both at the micro and macro levels. In these societies agriculture, forest and livestock production are major source of livelihood for many. The involvement of women is not restricted to the primary sector as women are now part of the work force in the secondary level within the natural resource extractive sector. However, there has been an upsurge in the number of violent conflicts over natural resources in Africa. Dispute over territories, official corruption, and unequal distribution of revenues from natural resources have contributed to this trend. Women, youths and children are the most vulnerable groups in conflict situations.

One of the challenges in natural resource management in Africa is the predominance of poor resource governance that promote poor access and inequality among different groups of people. For example, women, especially those in rural areas in the conflict-affected zones are more vulnerable than men because they often do not have rights over the natural resources. It is paradoxical that these women, whose main source of livelihoods is natural resources, have limited access to the same.

Current global change processes, such as climate change impacts, and demands for arable land and water resources by domestic and other trans-national actors, are also inducing new dynamics around natural resources.

(This is a modified text originally written by NAI researcher Shilpa M Asokan.)

Free online resources focused on gender studies in Africa

Nordic Africa Days 2016 -  Gender and change – global challenges for Africa
The Nordic Africa Days (NAD) is the biannual conference of the Nordic Africa Institute, organised for the past 15 years in the Nordic countries, with participants representing the state of the art in African Studies and Africa related knowledge production. Find information on panels, themes as well as keynotes speeches and interviews made during the days.

African Gender Institute (AGI), University of Cape Town
Information about the activities, programme and projects, AGI newsletter, papers & reports, events, and links to gender and developments websites.

African women and sustainable development goals
In 2016 the library at Africa Study Centre in Leiden, Netherlands prepared an extensive web dossier with bibliographic references and internet resources on African women and sustainable development goals.

Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
An organization promoting and strengthening the role o African women in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts.
Search string with links to non-governmental organizations focused on gender issues from the Internet library sub-Saharan Africa (ilissAfrica), a portal to both library resources and internet resources on/in Africa.
NGO + Gender

International Day of Rural Women 15 October
A UN website dedicated to the International Day of Rural Women with links to documents, multimedia and internet resources.

Women, Peace & Security (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM’s framework for action on Women, Peace and Security.

Women, Gender, and the Study of Africa
Short article from the Oxford Bibliographies by Beverly Stoeltje

Gender studies
For additional resources see, Nordic Africa Institute’s Guide to Africa on the Internet section on Gender studies.

gender studies
natural resources
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