Rescuing Girls, Investing in Girls: a Critique of Development Fantasies

Past  Fellow Cynthia Caron’s recent academic article, written with Shelby A. Margolin, has been gaining media attention for its findings on girl-centered development initiatives. The research paper, “Rescuing Girls, Investing in Girls: a Critique of Development Fantasies,” delves into the effects of campaigns designed to foster economic growth by empowering girls and critiques the “failed development narrative that economic growth inevitably leads to an equitable future for all.”  The article has been published in the Journal of International Development and was recently featured on SciDev.Net.

About the Author

Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. A political and environmental sociologist, she holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Her research focuses on land and natural resource management.