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This publication aims to provide concrete examples and experiences from the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility (CCAF) projects implemented in Cabo, Verde, Cambodia, Haiti, Mali, Niger and Sudan. The projects made a concerted and explicit effort to take a gender-responsive approach to all adaptation activities. This is complemented by the Facility’s global component, which provides technical support, encourages knowledge exchange, and undertakes in-depth analysis of the experiences these countries have had in gender-responsive approaches. This report highlights specific inputs,...
Abstract The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being viewed by companies as a guide to design, measure and account for their contribution to sustainable development. Many companies are expressing interest in addressing SDG Goal #5, for gender equality and women’s empowerment; WOCAN undertook this research to identify the drivers and mechanisms agribusiness companies are using to address women’s empowerment and gender equality goals. The desk research and online survey conducted with both companies and women’s organizations highlighted gaps in the realization of these commitments; this...
The evolving development landscape – with its emerging opportunities, vulnerabilities and shocks – makes it imperative for Africa to accelerate the advancement of sustainable and equitable human development. This can be achieved by building economic, social and environmental resilience for women and men, enhancing their productivity, and accelerating the pace of structural economic transformation in the region. This report explores where and how progress in gender equality has been made and how best to accelerate the pace of gender advancement in Africa. Its focus on gender equality comes at...
The FAO report underscores that success in transforming food and agriculture systems will largely depend on urgently supporting smallholders in adapting to climate change. Developing countries are home to around half a billion smallholder farm families who produce food and other agricultural products in greatly varying agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions. Solutions have to be tailored to those conditions; there is no one-size-fits-all fix. The FAO report describes alternative, economically viable ways of helping smallholders to adapt and making the livelihoods of rural populations...
Adapting to climate change is about reducing vulnerability to current and projected climate risk while vulnerability to climate change is determined in large part by people’s adaptive capacity. Climate hazards do not affect all people within a community or even the same household equally because some people have greater capacity than others to manage the crisis. The inequitable distribution of rights, resources, power and norms constraints many people’s ability to take action on climate change. This is especially true for women and vulnerable groups. Therefore, gender is a critical factor in...
This brief is based on a research project carried out by Practical Action Consulting with support from the Institute of Development Studies, commissioned by and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), to provide evidence on the advantages and challenges of integrating a gender dimension into climate compatible development strategies in urban settings, with a focus on Peru, India and Kenya. Although considerable evidence exists pertaining to rural areas, significant knowledge gaps can be found in relation to climate compatible development and gender in urban areas....
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...

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