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At the present rate of development according to many scientists the world will reach critical mass sometime within the next fifty years With these doomsday predictions many development models have come under scrutiny for their shortsightedness and lack of environmental concerns Over the past thirty years those affected most or more appropriately those who are being forced to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of these development programs the most have increasingly become themes that have not only brought to light serious defects in Structural Adjustment Programs SAPS and other development programs but have also critically assessed the very social fabrics that have encouraged the systematic deterioration of roles and status for a majority of people in the developing countries Unfortunately the majority is comprised of mainly women and children with women especially affected by the development programs shortsightednessWith this in mind the theme of Women in Development WID and women environment and development WED among other related themes and programs have been the main actors in voicing the concerns of those in the Third World and making known the major flaws in the Western hegemonic model of development However in the 1980s because of the variety of problems situations complexities and a deeper insight of the root of exclusion a transition from WID to Gender and Development GAD was enacted by the aid agencies Rosi Braidotti outlines this in her chapter Women the Environment and Sustainable Development Emergence of the Theme and Different Views in her coauthored book Women the Environment and Sustainable Development Born in the early 1970s WID addressed womens roles in the development process and the need to recognize and account for their various contributions Braidotti 80 However with the need to eradicate poverty governments and development agencies reformulated the demand for equity as a means to harness the valuable resource of women in economic development 80 With the increasing poverty of Third World populations a crisis that was termed
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