Development and Equity

An Interdisciplinary Exploration by Ten Scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America

A quarter of a century ago His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926-2002) formulated his statements on ‘development and equity’. To honour him and his work, a professorial chair in ‘development and equity’ was established in 2003: the ‘Prince Claus Chair’. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Chair, a conference was held in The Hague in November 2012. Each of the ten chair holders presented a paper written from his/her own perspective. These papers have been brought together in this book and show the diversity and richness of the theme. The volume also includes three essays by the promising young scholars who were judged to be the top three in a competition for the best Master’s thesis in ‘development, equity and citizenship’.

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Biographical Note

Dick Foeken, is senior researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. He published numerous books and articles on livelihood issues, mainly in Kenya.

Ton Dietz, is Director of the African Studies Centre in Leiden and Professor in African development at Leiden University. He has published widely on various themes in development studies, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Leo de Haan is Rector of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Professor of Development Studies. He has published widely on several themes in development studies, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Linda Johnson is executive secretary of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and secretary to the Curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair.

Table of contents


Foreword: Development Happens from the Inside
Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Chair of the Curatorium of the Prince Claus Chair

Preface: The Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity
The Editors

List of Maps, Figures, Tables, Photos and Boxes

Development and Equity—Introduction to the Lustrum Conference of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity
Leo de Haan, Ton Dietz & Dick Foeken

1 A Fresh Perspective on Economics and Equity
Syed Mansoob Murshed

2 ‘Waithood’: Youth Transitions and Social Change
Alcinda Honwana

3 Beyond Survival: Militarism, Equity and Women’s Security
Amina Mama

4 Development, Equity, Gender, Health, Poverty and Militarization: Is there a Link in the Countries of West Africa?
Irene Akua Agyepong

5 The Right to Stay Home: Equity and the Struggle of Migrant Indigenous Peoples
Gaspar Rivera-Salgado

6 Towards a Territorial, Multi-Actor and Multi-Level Approach for Sustainable Development Cooperation and Social Responsibility Policies
Patricia Almeida Ashley

7 Gender Equality and Muslim Women: Negotiating Expanded Rights in Muslim Majority and Immigrant Contexts
Rema Hammami

8 Identities and Access to Energy: A Case From India
Atul Kumar

9 Gender Equity and Governance in Pakistan: Looking through Leventhal’s Concept of Organizational Justice
Nasira Jabeen

10 Looking through the Leventhal Lens: Is Gender Equity in the Philippines a Puzzle?
Stella Quimbo

11 Bargaining Positions and Trust in Ethiopian Coffee Cooperatives: A Gender Perspective
Annemarie Groot Kormelinck

12 The Right to Development: Can States be Held Responsible?
Nienke van der Have

13 Responsible Business Practices of Dutch Enterprises in Kenyan Agri-Business
Lisanne Heemskerk

Equity or Equality? Tenth Anniversary of the Prince Claus Chair
Frans Bieckmann

List of Contributors


Academics, policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in equity and equality in the context of development.


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