Addressing collective action problems in Melanesia: the Northern Islands Market Vendors' Association in Vanuatu

Date

2020

Authors

Barbara, Julien
Baker, Kerryn

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Taylor & Francis Group

Abstract

This article presents case study findings on the Vanuatu-based Northern Islands Market Vendors’ Association (NIMVA) as a vehicle for women-led collective action. While NIMVA’s existence and organisational strength challenges existing political norms, strong gender norms restricting the role of women in society and politics continue to marginalise its capacity to participate politically and pursue transformative change. Using a “permitted empowerment” frame, the article assesses NIMVA’s emergence as a vehicle for women market vendors to undertake collective action to improve livelihoods, and the implications for those seeking to support more inclusive forms of local-level development.

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Civil society – Participation, Gender and diversity, Governance and public policy, Oceania and Japan

Citation

Source

Development in Practice

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1080/09614524.2020.1763918

Restricted until

2099-12-31