For many people around the world, economic policy is shrouded in the mystique of “expertise” that tends to obscure the politics behind the economics and prevents citizens from participating fully and openly in economic policy making.There is therefore an urgent need to shift decision making power to the larger public especially women.
The following selection of resources aims to equip activists with practical information and tools to form their own critical analysis of current economic policies and develop strategies for making them more democratic, just, and humane.
Demystifying Economics: Scoping of Economic Education Resources
The Crisis of Capitalism
In this RSA Animate, renowned academic David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?
Resources on Women’s Rights and Economic Change
Fair trade: What is Ethical Fair Trade? WIEGO
Impact of the Crisis on Women
The Politics of Debt: Jubilee USA’s Beginner’s Guide to Debt (2009)
by Jubilee U.S. Network
Debt is tearing down schools, clinics and hospitals and the effects are no less devastating than war. ~ Jubilee USA
The origins of the debt crisis go back a long way. An understanding of how the debt crisis occurred is vital to breaking the chains of debt. This is an easy read on the politics and consequences of debt.
Women’s Access to land: Land and Power: The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land
This paper looks in detail at five land grabs: in Uganda, Indonesia, Guatemala, Honduras, and South Sudan. It seeks: to understand the impact of land grabs on poor people and their communities; to identify the underlying factors between companies, local communities, and host governments; and to examine the roles played by international investors and home-country governments.
Envisioning a New Economic World Order
It’s easy to assume that global economics are value-neutral and simply reflect the “natural” order of things. In reality, our economic world order is shaped by distinct ideologies and beliefs about who should have access to and control over what resources, such as education, property, credit, and even time. The predominant paradigm is based on neoliberal and capitalist principles that promote free markets, unregulated trade, consumer-driven growth, and privatization of essential services, for example. But genuine alternatives exist and have always existed.
Access + Control = POWER
With no sustainable economic alternatives in sight, women everywhere are creating their own responses to global instability and crises. From savings and loan clubs and workers cooperatives to sophisticated political campaigns against corporate land grabs and the exploitation of natural resources, women are developing alternative models and organizing collectively to demand economic and political power and rights.
Organizing for economic rights & democracy in Southeast Asia
Around the world, access to cash and credit through microfinancing programs is touted as a magic bullet for eradicating women’s poverty. Yet, there is limited evidence that these strategies alone fundamentally alter the power relationships that drive women’s poverty in the first place. Check out these snapshots from Indonesia and Timor L’este where access to cash and credit is combined with training and support to tackle gender discrimination and empower women.