Cycling in Circles:Tackling Institutional Challenges to Achieve Gender Equality Results in International Development Programming

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Title: Cycling in Circles:Tackling Institutional Challenges to Achieve Gender Equality Results in International Development Programming
Authors: Sourisseau, Madeleine
Date: 2015-08-11
Abstract: Since the 1970s, it has been recognized that the inclusion of women and gender equality are essential to achieve international development objectives. While donor countries, such as Canada, maintain strong rhetorical commitments, they face barriers within their own development agencies to promoting and achieving gender equality results. These challenges include: embracing terminology and developing a policy, internal receptiveness and resistance, senior management support, unclear accountability among staff, gender equality-lead unit’s status and resources, the absence of a dedicated gender unit, limited staff capacity and expertise, the conflation of women and gender, changing priorities and cross-pressures, foreign policy discourse, coherence, and drivers, and the risk of policy evaporation when translating theory into practice. Although progress has been made towards developing sound procedures and building acceptance on individual and conceptual levels, gender equality in development assistance must now progress to substantive, institutional, and actual achievements. This paper calls for a return to fundamentals and a renewed appreciation for lessons learned, better monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate results and diminish policy evaporation, greater bureaucratic openness and transparency to more clearly communicate results to the public and promote accountability, increased sensitivity for intersectionality and diversity, and, finally, bringing men and boys into gender equality.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/32645
CollectionAffaires publiques et internationales - Mémoires // Public and International Affairs - Research Papers
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