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Myanmar is in rapid political and economic transition, with a triple-reform agenda focused on democratic governance and rule of law; national unity and peace via reconciliation with political parties and ethnic armed organizations; market-oriented economic adjustments, inclusive growth, bottom-up planning and decentralization; improved management of government institutions; collaboration with the international community and Myanmar’s diaspora; and removal of media censorship. Despite the progress, greater investment is needed to ensure that women and girls benefit equally with men and boys...
IFAD’s 2016 Rural Development Report aims to shed light on this evolving rural landscape in order to inform the programmatic and policy choices of local, regional and global development practitioners, including IFAD. The Report examines rural development through the prism of the transformation of rural areas and the wider economy, yielding the following five main messages: Rural transformation does not happen in isolation, but as part of a broader process of structural transformation shaped by the interlinkages between agriculture, the rural non-farm economy, manufacturing and services. Rural...
This research has gathered empirical evidence from urban settings on the gender dimension of people’s vulnerabilities and capacities to face climate change. It revealed how climate compatible interventions have (or have not) used gender-sensitive approaches to implement their activities and what impacts such approaches had on development outcomes in urban contexts. While international frameworks are gradually becoming more aware of gender issues, all too often gender is simply “added” to existing policies. Women’s views, needs and participation are frequently excluded from climate change...
The purpose of the report is to address issues and find solutions that will eliminate legal barriers to women’s economic empowerment, reduce gender pay gaps, ensure financial and digital inclusion, and foster female entrepreneurship. After six months of fact finding, sharing best practices and consulting around the world, the Panel presents its findings about proven and promising actions to address gender gaps and accelerate progress. The High-Level Panel hopes that this report and its ongoing actions and commitments will serve as a call to action to men and women around the world to join...
The Intervention Guide for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) provides guidance to donors and implementers of agricultural market development programs on how to translate into practice the evidence and insights gained from the WEAI survey results. The WEAI was developed by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Feed the Future Initiative, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative as a direct measure of economic empowerment and gender parity at the individual and household levels....
This project note summarizes the range of constraints and opportunities identified during the gender and irrigation workshops organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the International Water Management Institute, held in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania in collaboration with national partners, bringing together 150 experts from government, nongovernmental organizations, and research institutes. This project note also offers approaches to tailor the solutions to local contexts and thus promote gender equality in irrigation. Authors: Sophie Theis, Simone Passarelli,...
The Gender in Irrigation Learning and Improvement Tool (GILIT) developed by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) looks at the aspects of gender equity that can be influenced by the policies and operations of formal irrigation schemes. The intention is that the tool can help to facilitate learning and improve gender equitability by supporting the scheme to consider gender equitable standards in relation to men’s and women’s involvement, needs and benefits. In addition, the GILIT tool seeks to clarify specific actions that scheme management can take to address inequities that are...
It is important for women leaders, especially those in forest-dependent communities, to be aware of discussions and decisions on climate change, especially REDD+, and participate in the discussions and decision-making processes.  This guide is therefore intended to inform, sensitize and educate community leaders - especially women- on REDD+ and related initiatives as well as address women’s concerns and assure they reap benefits from REDD+. This guide is divided into four sections, namely: Understanding Climate Change The concept of REDD+ REDD+ in Cameroon Gender and REDD+ Author: Jane Tarh...
Abstract The empowerment of women, broadly defined, is an often-cited objective and benefit of social cash transfer programmes in developing countries. Despite the promise and potential of cash transfers to empower women, the evidence supporting this outcome is mixed. In addition, there is little evidence from programmes that have gone to scale in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper reports findings from a mixed-methods evaluation of the Government of Zambia’s Child Grant Programme, a poverty-targeted, unconditional transfer given to mothers or primary caregivers of young children aged 0 to 5. The...
Abstract Research shows that paying attention to gender matters not only for the equity of climate change adaptation programs but also for their efficiency and effectiveness. Many organizations working to increase resilience to climate change with local communities also recognize the importance of gender yet the degree to which gender is integrated in project implementation is unclear. This study examines the extent to which organizations involved in climate change and resilience work are incorporating gender-sensitive approaches into their programs using data collected through a Knowledge,...

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