Gender equality and development

Past events organised by the DAC Network on Gender Equality


Upcoming events:

Focus session on Gender Equality: delivering on the Busan commitments at the High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (16 April 2014), Mexico City.

Organisers: the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality, UN Women, and the CSO Partnership for Effective Development (CPDE).

The session will focus on increasing transparency and accountability in financing for gender equality and women’s rights. It will identify lessons for the post-2015 development agenda, drawing on the positive experience of using the global gender equality indicator on implementation of the Busan commitments.



Twelfth Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) (19-21 May 2014)

The twelfth meeting of the GENDERNET will focus on

  • Empowering and realising the rights of adolescent girls
  • Influencing global processes including the post-2015 framework
  • Effective development co-operation



Joint Biennial Workshop of the United Nations Inter‑Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the OECD DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) (6-7 Nov 2013)

The objective of the workshop is to strategise on entry-points, opportunities and tactics to address the unfinished business of the MDGs for women and girls and ensure that gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment are at the centre of the post‑2015 development agenda, by:

  • Exchanging lessons on achievements and challenges in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls to identify strategies to accelerate progress towards and beyond 2015
  • Identifying priority targets and indicators on gender equality and women’s rights to be integrated into the post‑2015 framework
  • Strategising about how, when and where we can influence key political and intergovernmental processes leading to the agreement of the post‑2015 framework

See the Summary Record of the meeting for more details



Eleventh Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (15-17 May 2013)

The 11th meeting featured discussions on 4 key topics:

  • Donor approaches to gender equality and women’s empowerment (forthcoming study)
  • The unfinished business of the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda (a full-day workshop)
  • The Global Partnership and effective development co-operation
  • Women’s economic empowerment

See the Summary Record of the meeting for more details.



Tenth Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (13-15 June 2012)

The 10th meeting included a full-day skills building and mutual learning workshop on gender equality, climate change, green growth and Rio+20.

Summary record of the meeting.



Joint biennial workshop with IANWGE – Food Security and Land Rights: Empowering Rural Women (Addis Ababa, 31 January -1 February 2012)

The GENDERNET and the United Nations’ Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) jointly hosted a workshop on Food Security and Land Rights: Empowering Rural Women in Addis Ababa on 31 January and 1 February. This joint biennial workshop was held in preparation for the 2012 UN Commission on the Status of Women, bringing together 100 gender equality advisors from the UN system, bilateral agencies and the regional development banks. Specialist researchers and representatives from partner countries and civil society also participated. The workshop was a mix of case studies and presentations covering: agriculture, rural women’s access to markets, land rights, food security, rights and voice, and dimensions of accountability and monitoring and measuring. This year, as a breakthrough innovation, there was also a full programme of field visits.

For the meeting report, click here.



Ninth Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (14-16 June 2011)

A workshop on women and agriculture was held during the 9th meeting of the GENDERNET.

Summary record of the meeting 



Eighth Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (16-18 June 2010)


Two workshops were held during the 8th meeting of the GENDERNET: one on women and international trade, and one on women, peace and security.

Read the meeting summary and presentations here.




Joint biennial workshop with IANWGE – Women's Economic Empowerment, Accountability and National Ownership (Vienna, 1-2 February 2010)

The 2010 joint workshop between the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the Development Assistance Committee’s Network on Gender Equality (DAC-GENDERNET) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in Vienna, Austria on 1-2 February 2010. The workshop focused on women’s economic empowerment whilst exploring both country ownership for development and the many facets of accountability - international accountability mechanisms, domestic/local/democratic accountability, and mutual accountability.

The discussions in the workshop highlighted the role and challenges faced by multilateral and bilateral agencies in delivering on international commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Presentations, including case studies, illustrated the gender equality and women’s empowerment dimensions of accountability and strengthening country ownership over development. Examples of practical contributions of donors and multilaterals to accelerate women’s economic empowerment and improve aid effectiveness were provided.

For the meeting report, click here.




Seventh Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (10-12 June 2009)

Two workshops were held during the 7th meeting of the GENDERNET. A workshop on the impacts of the financial and food crises on women in developing countries explored what we know about the current and past crises and how donors are responding rapidly to “real time” situations in partner countries. Speakers emphasised the need for effective policy responses to build on women’s role as economic actors who are essential to the sustainable success of recovery efforts.
A second workshop on “country systems” challenged members to more effectively use public financial management reform to deliver improved development results for both women and men. Speakers from Ghana, the Philippines, Morocco and Tanzania shared their experiences of implementing gender responsive budgeting, expenditure and performance monitoring initiatives.

See the meeting web site:




Sixth Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality and task team meeting (Paris, 7-9 July 2008)

The 6th meeting of the GENDERNET focussed on managing for development results by featuring as its centerpiece a 1.5 day workshop. The workshop looked at:

  • Good practice in collaborating with partners to achieve results on the ground in partner countries
  • How to achieve and measure results within our agencies (both at headquarters and on the ground)
  • Capacity development to support managing for results
  • Innovations in achieving results (this will include some funding initiatives)
  • Information sharing on (and influencing) the Accra HLF-3 Roundtable

See the meeting web site:




Workshop on Strengthening the Development Results and Impacts of the Paris Declaration through Work on Gender Equality, Social Exclusion and Human Rights (London, 12-13 March 2008)


See workshop web site:




Joint biennial workshop with IANWGE – Enhancing partnerships between multilateral and bilateral agencies to support partner country efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment (Paris, 28-29 January 2008)

The OECD DAC Network on Gender Equality and the United Nations’ Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality hold a workshop every two years to exchange ideas and share information on issues of mutual relevance and interest. The two groups represent the gender focal points and advisors of the United Nations system, bilateral agencies and the development banks.

Focus of the 2008 workshop:

  • The role of multilateral agencies in delivering on commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • How bilateral agencies can best support the efforts of  multilateral agencies
  • Innovative practices in partnerships between bilateral and multilateral agencies
  • Opportunities to enhance and scale up our mutual work to support partner country efforts, and
  • Improved tracking of development assistance focussed on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

See the workshop web site:




Fifth Meeting of the DAC Network on Gender Equality (Paris, 27-29 June 2007)

The meeting included a Workshop on scaling up for women’s empowerment and rights from a donor perspective - why, how and where do we invest in gender equality and women’s empowerment? with presentations by representatives from non-governmental organisations and private foundations.

The two GENDERNET task teams – on aid effectiveness and on DAC "new directions" on gender equality and women’s empowerment – reported on their ongoing work.

See the meeting web site:




Workshop on Development Effectiveness in Practice – Applying the Paris Declaration to Advancing Gender Equality, Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights (Dublin, 26-27 April 2007)

This workshop was organised by the DAC Networks on Environment and Development, Governance, and Gender Equality and the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, with the support of the Irish and Danish Governments. The purpose  was to increase mutual knowledge and understanding of how practitioners are applying the Paris Declaration’s overarching principles to advance gender equality, environmental sustainability and human rights. The long-term goal is to demonstrate how attention to these issues enhances development effectiveness.

See the workshop web site:





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