Gender equality and development

Development effectiveness and gender equality

 

The GENDERNET has had a long-term engagement with the aid and development effectiveness agenda. It supports donor agencies to improve their development results through a better integration of gender equality into all areas of their development co-operation.

 

The Busan principles for aid effectiveness

 

The Busan Partnership agreement adopted at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2011) highlights a set of common principles for all development co-operation actors, which are considered as key to making development co-operation effective:

  • Ownership of development priorities by developing countries.
  • Focus on results
  • Inclusive development partnerships
  • Transparency and mutual accountability.

The Busan Partnership agreement also recognised, inter alia, the need to “accelerate [our] efforts to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women through development programmes grounded in country priorities, recognising that gender equality and women’s empowerment are critical to achieving development results” (para. 20).

 

Monitoring the Busan commitments: the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation indicator on gender equality

 

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) was established to help ensure accountability for implementation of the Busan commitments. The GENDERNET and UN Women supported the development of the GPEDC indicator on gender equality (indicator 8) – one of just 10 indicators to track implementation of the Busan commitments. This indicator measures the proportion of developing countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality. It is a tool to help ensure that domestic resource allocation is gender-responsive and to strengthen accountability and transparency financing for gender equality.

 

The first progress report of the Global Partnership on the implementation of the Busan commitments (2014) found that out of 35 countries that reported on the indicator, 12 have systems to track and make public allocations in support of gender equality. Additionally, 5 countries reported systems for tracking allocations but these allocations were not made public. The second monitoring round of the GPEDC is currently underway and data is being collected for the 10 indicators. This will help generate evidence about progress achieved since Busan. Findings will feed into the Second High-Level Meeting of the GPEDC which will take place from 28 November-1 December 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Results for indicator 8 in the first monitoring round of the GPEDC (2014):

 

 Results for indicator 8 of the GPEDC

 

Issues Briefs

A series of Issues Briefs complement and expand on the Guiding Principles by providing concrete examples and case studies:

Issues Brief 1: Making the Linkages (2008)

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The purpose of issues brief 1 is to assist programme managers and thematic advisors in donor agencies to make linkages between the overarching commitments of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. It examines each of the five principles of the Paris Declaration and how these relate to work on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Issues Brief 2: Finding the Entry Points (2008)

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This document intends to assist programme managers and thematic advisors in donor agencies to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment within the framework of the Paris Declaration. The approaches, questions and specific are intended for use in consultation with partners.

 

Issues Brief 3: Innovative Funding for Women's Organisations (2008)

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 The purpose of issues brief 3 is to:
  • share research findings on levels of funding and the financial sustainability of women’s organisations
  • provide ideas for donors on how to strengthen the work and roles of women’s organisations in making development effective
  • illustrate innovative donor practices and approaches
  • identify some future challenges for donors, partners and civil society

Issues Brief 4: Managing for Gender Equality Results in Donor Agencies (2009)   

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This brief presents strategies and good examples to assist donors to manage for gender equality results in their agencies.

Issues Brief 5: Managing for Gender Equality Results in Partner Countries  (2009)      

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This document introduces ideas and approaches for development partners to jointly manage for gender equality results in partner countries. It also discusses what is meant by “gender equality and women’s empowerment results”.

Issues Brief 6: Integrating gender equality dimensions into public financial management reforms (2010)

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Issues brief 6 is on the integration of a gender equality perspective into public financial management (PFM) in partner countries. It suggests ways of using the techniques of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB).

Issues Brief 7: Policy and political dialogue on gender equality and women's empowerment at the country level (2013)

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The purpose of this paper is to present ideas and strategies for integrating a gender equality perspective into policy and political dialogue at the country level. It identifies concrete entry points and opportunities.