Gender and Inclusive Development

Kostas Hatzis 2010*

The European Evaluation Society (EES) has selected an inspiring topic for the upcoming EES 2014 Conference, “Evaluation for an Equitable Society,” because as evaluators we need to think about and discuss the role evaluation can play in equity, gender equality and social justice. So, I have been thinking about how I build equity in my own practice, the challenges I face, and the questions this raises for my own practice.

Lyn with Priscilla Usiobaifo, founder of Braveheart Initiative, an NGO in rural Nigeria empowering young people with information and skills on sexual and reproductve health and rights.

When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, about 90 percent of the male workforce  worked in South Africa, primarily in the gold mines, with few opportunities to return home to their families. One of these men was married to a neighbor of mine.

It is easy to abhor gender-based violence. Who would not be against rape, torture, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced impregnation and murder [1] of women and men on the basis of their gender? Apparently, many people. That is, many people are not against gender violence. According to the World Health Organization [2], in 2013, 35% of women have experienced violence in their lifetime. Thirty percent (30%) of women have experienced violence in an intimate relationship; and 38% of all murders of women are by an intimate partner. Support for violence against women is reflected in the following proverbs [3]:

Woman in workshop training

EnCompass designed and delivered a workshop on gender awareness for 30 staff members of a United Nations agency. The workshop focused on increasing awareness of the individual mental models and cultural norms that affect beliefs and attitudes regarding gender. Workshop participants explored how workplace culture is affected by bringing together myriad beliefs and experiences into one agency. The participants discussed strategies and opportunities for developing a more gender-competent workplace.

Multi generational family in development environment

EnCompass designed and facilitated a 4-day gender training in Bangkok, Thailand, for approximately 20 Gender Advisors and Gender Focal Points from USAID Missions in Central, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. EnCompass also provided the gender-based violence subject matter expert for the training. The purpose of the training was to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to integrate a gender perspective throughout their Missions’ program cycle and assist program managers through gender analysis of project plans.

Women Selling Produce

EnCompass was the evaluation partner for this initiative that promotes increased, high-quality reporting on agriculture, rural development, and gender equity in African newsrooms. Evaluation activities included facilitating evaluation capacity-building sessions and developing evaluation plans for the duration of the project. EnCompass also assessed the effectiveness of in-house training activities, coverage of agriculture and women in selected media organizations in Africa, and the overall coordination and management of the project.

Women in Evaluation

El Hibri Foundation works to encourage interfaith dialogue by promoting the universally shared values of Islam: peace, charity and civic responsibility. EnCompass conducted an evaluation of one of their grantees – Karamah, an organization that focuses on the domestic and global issues of human rights for Muslim women. The evaluation explored how the grant relationship has helped both the foundation and the grantee in achieving their missions and objectives.

Girls Working in a Field

USAID’s PPL seeks to link policy, planning, learning, evaluation, research, donor coordination, and innovation through science and technology. In collaboration with USAID PPL, EnCompass designed and conducted an evaluative process that explored how well USAID’s Program Cycle has been understood, implemented, supported, and integrated into the organizational culture among missions and in USAID Washington.

Youths in Vietnam

EnCompass provided technical assistance to the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Gender-Based Violence and the Government of Vietnam to implement recommendations featured in two recent studies on violence against women in Vietnam. EnCompass conducted research on global best practices related to the recommendations of both studies, and planned and facilitated a strategic visioning workshop with government, civil society, donors, and other stakeholders in Vietnam.

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