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Development aid was in fact more impo rtant in the face of growth in the poli ti cal power of the Third Wo rld and the concrete str uggles taking place in East Asia and Cuba for a socialist alterna tive to capitalis m and global monopolies that were protected by the imperial powers. The problem is that thi s soda ! revolution not only remains unattainable bu t is stifled for two reasons. In the logic and history of Western capitalism, economic revolution precedes social p rogress. In Africa, post-co lonial social transformation was comple tely detached from the economic, technological and mental progress that wou ld have eqUipped the state to meet the demands of growth and be competitive on the global stage (Tandon 2008, Mende 1975, Hayter 1971).
Orglengllssucs-and -AnalysislLibr As a result the abil ity to invest in the right places, track resources a nd ta rget the right constituencies is defeated. Instead we are increasin g ly witnessing a si tuation where arguments are levelled that a focus on wo men needs to be checked through the a morphous gender mainstreaming tha t has come to mcan dc-emphaSiSing t he need to emancipa te women. Yet, femi n ist an alysis and tren d s continue to show th at the 'male- s tream' nature of the thi nking th at d rives development has been maintained.
As a result the abil ity to invest in the right places, track resources a nd ta rget the right constituencies is defeated. Instead we are increasin g ly witnessing a si tuation where arguments are levelled that a focus on wo men needs to be checked through the a morphous gender mainstreaming tha t has come to mcan dc-emphaSiSing t he need to emancipa te women. Yet, femi n ist an alysis and tren d s continue to show th at the 'male- s tream' nature of the thi nking th at d rives development has been maintained.