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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,...
This volume of IDS Bulletin entitled Connecting Perspectives on Women's Empowerment makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women's opportunities and choices and realize women's empowerment in a meaningful way. The editors in their introductory chapter emphasizes that a process of collective notion of empowerment that focuses on addressing structural inequality and accords primacy to women’s own agency, would go a long way towards expanding women’s opportunities and choices – in other words, realising...
Authors: Greg Seymour (g.seymour@cgiar.org), Cheryl Doss, Paswel Marenya, Ruth Meinzen- Dick, and Simone Passarelli ABSTRACTDespite recent evidence that decisions about technology adoption often involve input from both men and women, the literature on technology adoption rarely considers gender and intrahousehold issues. In this paper, we use survey data from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania to investigate the influence of women’s empowerment on the adoption of improved maize varieties (IMVs). While our results are mixed as to whether or not women’s empowerment is positively correlated with...
ABSTRACT This article offers a power analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and outcomes, from a feminist perspective. Many see, in the SDGs, several opportunities for progress on gender equality and women’s rights, if not for transformation. Yet there are many reasons for scepticism, as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s vision is not always met with strong enough language, clear policies or funding provisions. Realising the ‘transformative potential’ of the Agenda in the decade and a half to come will be far from a technocratic exercise – and this is...
Indonesia, like many other countries, is prone to these gendered risks given the historically entrenched male-dominated nature of the forestry sector coupled with growing commercial pressures on forest land, embedded social and cultural norms and religious interpretations that may exacerbate gender inequalities in rural communities. The growing calls for “mainstreaming gender in REDD+” in Indonesia are for activities to “do no harm” to women, and to benefit both women and men in an equitable manner. This policy brief, prepared jointly by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)...
Edited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Marlène Elias "This book includes reviews of the literature, case studies, and cross-country comparisons of gender and forests, with the main focus on developing countries in the tropics.It proposes a conceptual framework designed for looking at gender in forests (The Gender Box) and provides a better balance in gender studies between attention to what men do and what women do, along with growing attention to relations between them. It also highlights the ways gender intersects with other factors of social differentiation, such as...

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