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This evaluation synthesis examines experiences in mainstreaming gender equality across multilateral and bilateral donor organizations, based on evaluations from these organizations. It highlights trends in findings, challenges facts and good practices. It provides valuable insights for policy and operational change strategies.
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A recent review of experiences shows that gender equality is not yet integrated into the operations and organisational cultures of development organisations. Meeting this challenge will require a significant cultural change.
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The underlying reasons for failure are often related to competing leadership priorities, such as the MDGs, aid effectiveness and governance agendas to name a few, which have crowded out mainstreaming gender equality.