ERIC Number: ED232804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Women's Organizations and Development: An Assessment of Capacities for Technical Assistance in Sri Lanka and Thailand. Women in Development.
Stegall, Lael Swinney
A subjective assessment of women's organizations and development in Sri Lanka and Thailand produced specific information about the organizations and suggested ways to improve their development capacities. Personal interviews with nearly 100 organization, government, and agency leaders revealed many similarities between the two countries. In both countries, formal women's organizations such as the Young Women's Christian Association arose from traditional sociocultural orgins and are led by upper middle class urban volunteers. Often united under umbrella institutions, the organizations offer programs to the rural, and sometimes to the urban poor in sewing, health, child care, and handicrafts. Informal organizations such as the Sarvodaya Mother's Clubs and the Good Sheperd Farm Center are usually rural, operating under government auspices, and are often highly successful in family life and agricultural education. Thai organizations are closely tied to the sociopolitical structure, and some, like the Girl Guides, enjoy great success. Their leaders are often good fundraisers and internationally active. On the other hand, Sri Lankan organizations are usually older and poorer. Their leaders generally operate within the country. Leaders in both countries need outside aid to develop training and management resources and to develop projects focusing on agricultural and industrial skills. (SB)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Economically Disadvantaged, Family Life Education, Females, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Informal Organization, Leaders, Leadership Training, Networks, Organizations (Groups), Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Rural Development, Social Structure, Technical Assistance, Urban Areas, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Office of Women in Development.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sri Lanka; Thailand