The conference ‘Governing for Equity’ was the outcome of a process in which many individuals and institutions have been involved over a period of three years beginning in 1999. In that year KIT Gender, at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, initiated a three-year programme entitled ‘Gender, Citizenship and Governance’.
The Gender, Citizenship and Good Governance programme is an initiative to bring a gender perspective to global debates on and approaches to international development. In the 1990s, the issue of good governance assumed enormous significance in the debates on global development.The concern with governance arose from the growing realisation that conventional development efforts had failed to achieve desired ends – to eliminate poverty and inequality and to promote respect for human rights. The attention thus began to shift away from traditional development interventions towards a greater consideration for the way in which power was exercised in the management of economic and social resources for development.