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Mainstreaming Gender at the GEF

In much of the world, women and men exhibit distinct differences in their perspectives and priorities concerning environmental quality, natural resource use, and access to energy services. Literature and studies on this topic recognize that failure to understand and address gender dimensions within environmental projects risks wasted development resources and negative effects on household welfare, women’s equality, and environmental sustainability. Moreover, various studies, including an evaluation of gender conducted by the World Bank, find that project results are superior when gender considerations are integrated into the design and implementation of projects. For GEF projects to effectively achieve their desired objectives, project interventions should account for gender differences in how resources are used and managed, women’s roles as primary land and resource manager, differing conservation incentives faced by women and men, and other gender-related issues. This publication provides an account and a fi rst analysis of the scope, content, and depth of gender mainstreaming in GEF projects, and offers future directions to strengthen this approach. Prepared for both internal and external audiences, this analysis is intended not only to present GEF’s work on gender and its status, but also to raise further awareness on the linkages between gender dimensions and the work of GEF, in order to stimulate discussion and invite feedback and guidance from all sectors. (Published on 24 Mar 2020)

24 Mar 2020

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Mainstreaming Gender at the GEF.pdf