Integrating a gender perspective to help scale Africa RISING technologies and practices: Requirements for proposal development and implementation
This short guide (PDF) by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) helps to properly address gender issues in proposals and interventions. The guide focuses on scaling of technologies that improve food, nutrition and income security, particularly for women and children. Gender equality is central to sustainable scaling since gender norms and inequalities within the cultural context of scaling, influence the uptake of technologies. This tool describes how gender issues should be addressed in each step of the intervention designing process. First the gender goals and objectives of the program should be set, supported by a gender analysis. Then for developing activities and approaches, gender should be either mainstreamed or integrated into everything that will be done. In addition, specific gender activities should be developed to compensate for women’s lack of equality. The proposal should explicitly state who the target beneficiaries are, how they are going to be involved on an equal and fair basis, and how they are going to benefit, preferably substantiated by the gender analysis. A gender-balanced team and partnering with organizations with the mandate and skills to deliver on gender are recommended. Gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation is central to documenting the outcomes of gender-responsive technologies and how these are achieved. The budget should specify the financial and human resources needed for gender-related activities, which should be at least 10-30% of the budget.