III. Entry Points and Instruments for Gender Mainstreaming - IFAD


III. Entry Points and Instruments for Gender Mainstreaming - IFAD

the need to identify gendersensitive

indicators for project

monitoring and evaluation;

the need for projects to offer

more profitable productive

activities for both men

and women.

In order to ensure that projects

would in fact implement this

knowledge and experience, each

project developed an action plan

over the course of each workshop.

This consisted in identifying

strategies and concrete activities, key

persons and responsible institutions

as well as financial resources needed

to integrate gender aspects in

project activities. Together with

representatives from IFAD, the

cooperating institutions and the

regional programmes,

representatives from each project

worked together to develop a

combined action plan that

included project experience

exchanges and training courses to

be held in the different countries

with the assistance of IFAD and the

regional programmes.




One of the results of the division’s

PROSGIP was the development of

practical guidelines 4 for headquarters

and project staff in order to

strengthen the incorporation of

gender issues in their day-to-day

work and in project formulation and

implementation. The following is a

summary of these guidelines, which

should be seen as another entry

point for gender mainstreaming

developed by the division.

Analysis of Gender Inequities in the

Project Area

As a basis for any proposal for

gender mainstreaming in a given

project, it is necessary to conduct a

study on the gender situation in the

targeted communities. Differences

and inequities between men and

women with respect to tasks,

workload, access to resources and

development opportunities need

to be identified. This analysis justifies

and sets the basis for the

introduction of the gender equity

goal in the project’s general and

specific objectives, expected results

and activities.

4 “Guidelines to Incorporate and Implement the Gender

Approach in Rural Development Projects”. IFAD/Latin

America and the Caribbean Division; revised version,

June 1999.

Dominican Republic

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