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Thursday, September 07, 2006 

Gender, Remittances and Development

The case of women migrants from Vicente Noble, Dominican Republic

From Executive Summary:

Over the last few years interest in remittances and their development potential has grown consistently. However, the majority of studies look at remittances from an economistic perspective, without taking gender issues into account. The sending and use of remittances is conditioned by economic, social and cultural elements in the contexts of both the senders and recipients. In addition these elements are always impacted by gender, as a structural variable that cuts across all other variables. Not only is the migratory experience different for women and men, but the impact of migration itself on households differs depending on whether it is a man or a woman who migrates. Gender differences are thus observed in the restructuring of households, what decisions are made and by whom on the use of remittances, the type of investments they finance, etc.

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