Natural Resource Management: The Impact of Gender and social issues is one of the outcome of a series of research projects carried out through the sponsorship of OSSREA, with a grant provided by the International Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
The research described in this volume has attempted to overcome the gender based biases found in natural resource management (NRM) research and to meet the challenges of including gender and social issues. The purpose of the research programme was to add a gender-sensitive research dimension to already existing research programmes and activities focusing on natural resources and their management. Most programmes had already commenced, but had left gaps in the area of social analysis, particularly relating to gender. The contributions found in this volume sought to fill these gaps and provide information in the areas of natural resources management, technical assistance and development.
The organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), a network of social scientists in the sub-region was established in 1980. Its main objectives are to encourage and promote interest in the social sciences; to enable members to engage in collaborative research; and to facilitate the exchange of scholarly ideas and publications between individuals and institutions that teach or conduct research in social sciences in the region.