1st Edition

Gender, Digitalization, and Resilience in International Development Failing Forward

    274 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the intersection of gender, digitalization, and resilience in international development.

    Building resilience is increasingly seen as crucial when planning and implementing development programmes, enabling communities to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth. Gender plays a crucial role in the resilience of development systems, as the exclusion of women from participation can make communities more vulnerable to economic shocks, perpetuating and even worsening current levels of poverty, instability, and insecurity. Drawing on meta-data from across the world, as well as specific case studies from Ghana, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Mozambique, this book reflects on these intersections and the potential of digitalization as a democratizing tool for improving the access of women and other marginalized groups to information vital for their participation in the process of development. By outlining the importance of digitalization for addressing gender imbalances, this book draws the evidentiary lines between the role of digitalization for women and resilience as a whole.

    This book will be of interest to development practitioners and policy makers, as well as researchers with specialisms in gender inclusion, resilience, digitalization, and international development.

    Preamble: Why this Book Now?

    1. Failing Forward: Systems Resilience for International Development

    2. International Development, Resilience, and Sustainability in Historical Perspective: What We Pursue and Why We Pursue It

    3. Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO): A Resilient Systems Approach for Sustainable Growth

    4. The Medium for the Missing: Participatory Animated Media for Ethical and Effective Information Dissemination

    5. Resilience and Gender: Actionable Educational Steps toward Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals

    6. Wicked Solutions for Wicked Problems: Catalysts and the WIDGET model

    7. Changing for the Future: Two Case Studies of Resilience, Gender, and ICT4D in Burkina Faso and Ghana

    8. Contents, Media, and Genres for Learning

    9. Translating to Connect Local Languages for Learning

    10. Resilience, Gender, and the Democratization of Development through Digitalization


    Julia Bello-Bravo is an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication Department, Purdue University, USA

    John William Medendorp is an Associate Director of the Urban Center, Department of Entomology, Purdue University, USA

    Anne Namatsi Lutomia is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Entomology, Purdue University, USA

    Barry Robert Pittendrigh is the Director of the Urban Center, Department of Entomology, Purdue University, USA