Women in development: Whats in it for me?

The "NGO movement" in Nepal is overwhelmingly urban-based and entirely dependent on foreign assistance. There are more than 50 non-governmental organisations that claim to work for upliftment of women, but do they?

In 1989, a group of women gathered in a lawyer's office in Kathmandu for a tea-meeting. The convener, a man, suggested that they open an NGO and left the room. There was silence for a minute while all the ladies present considered the idea. Yes, why not?

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Himal Southasian