Seen, Heard and Counted: Rethinking Care in a Development Context
UNRISD has launched a new publication that explores from a wide range of backgrounds the understanding of the care economy in the developing world at a moment when existing systems are under strain and new ideas are coming into focus.
This book offers important insights about what it will mean to provide dignified care in the twenty-first century.
With two decades of research behind it, the “invisible economy” of care is a critical area of scientific enquiry and policy action. However, far from being global, much of the public debate has been limited to advanced industrialized countries.
Meanwhile, governments in developing countries—where economic restructuring raises perennial concerns about social reproduction, and women’s increasing burdens of unpaid care work—are experimenting with new ways of responding to care needs in their societies.
Empirically grounded case studies of countries as diverse as China, Nicaragua, India and South Africa shed new light both on existing care arrangements and changing policies.
More information on UNRISD projects related to the Political and Social Economy of Care can be found here