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International Development

Equalities in Public Private Partnerships

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Jasmine Gideon
  • Funder: ESRC GCRF Strategic Network (2017-18)
  • The EQUIPPS (Equalities in Public Private Partnerships) ESRC GCRF Strategic Network seeks to identify research gaps and formulate a research agenda on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in developing countries across four sectors: education, health, housing and water. PPPs increasingly play a significant role in the financing and delivery of public services. They are deemed to offer potential for addressing inequalities in provision and access to public services across the Global South. As such, they are promoted as an important development financing mechanism in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the proliferation of PPPs , there is an acute lack of scholarly work on the effects of PPPs within and across sectors in the developing world.
  • The network is organised around two hubs located in India (TISS, Mumbai, and JNU, Delhi) and South Africa (Wits and Rhodes), with the co-ordination of network activities located in the UK and Belgium (BBK, SOAS, UCL and Education International). It seeks to address the need to understand PPP processes across sectors, how PPPs are implemented in practice and what the nature of their effects are in terms of dynamics of inequalities. The network aims to build capacity to interrogate PPPs as a solution to development challenges.


Reinforcing maternalism through social policy? Challenging gender inequalities in Chile

  • Principal Investigators: Dr Jasmine Gideon & Dr Alejandro Ramm
  • Funder: Newton Fund (2017)
  • Dr. Jasmine Gideon and Dr. Alejandra Ramm (University of Valpara√≠so, Chile) are currently co-editing 'Maternalism in Chile', a book that brings together an inter-disciplinary range of Chilean scholars to reflect on current landscapes of maternalism in different socio-economic sectors within Chile. Maternalism asserts that motherhood make women morally superior and legitimises mechanisms of discrimination against women in the socio-economic sphere.
  • Our Newton funded project builds on this research and, with the support of Research Assistant, Gabriela Alvarez Minte, seeks to locate the Chilean case within an international context and develop a research agenda determining the relationship between maternalism, poverty and sustainable development - a neglected question in Chile. The OECD, of which Chile is a member, is committed to promoting gender equality in order to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which the Chilean government has committed to work towards achieving by 2030 and it is a key aspect of sustainable poverty reduction. Nevertheless it has been argued that married women's caring role in Chile, particularly in relation to children, is a significant factor constraining entry into the labour market and driving many working women into precarious part time work in order to combine this with unpaid care,thereby substantially increasing their risk of poverty. This raises important questions about Chile's ability to promote sustainable and gender equitable development in line with the 2030 Agenda. The project examines how gender inequalities are embedded within Chilean social policies and the implications for sustainable development