Achieving Gender Integration in Programming
ACHIEVING GENDER INTEGRATION IN PROGRAMMING: A PANEL DISCUSSION ON INCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GENDER ANALYSIS
Wednesday, 20 November, 2013
Panelists: Philippe Carette, Chief of Party, Resources to Improve Food Security (RISE) Project, Mercy Corps, Democratic Republic of Congo; Fatimata Sinaré, Gender Advisor, ACDI/VOCA, Burkina Faso; Moderator: Sylvia Cabus, Gender Advisor, Bureau of Food Security, USAID
The program you are helping to implement has strategies, activities, and indicators promoting gender integration. A gender analysis has been completed. What next? How does one take the recommendations from the analysis and modify programming without making drastic changes to activities or needing additional funding? Panelists in this session discussed how gender is integrated within their programs and how they made changes to strategies and activities after the gender analysis was completed. Moderator Sylvia Cabus also provided a brief overview of recently released gender guidance (ADS 205).
Sylvia said the ADS will help those developing proposals on what gender components are needed, as it outlines the gender analysis. She explained that the project team should take into account gender equity, and gender needs to be integrated everywhere not just in the technical areas.
Philippe Carette presented on the RISE Project. He said gender was recognized, but there was no implementation plan. Clear activities, objectives and timeframes need to be outlined. We need to focus on gender and develop a culture of gender mainstreaming.
Fatimata Sinaré discussed the importance of having the support of technical staff in implementing gender programs. It is also important that gender analysis is conducted locally in the local language.
The speakers mentioned various challenges to integrating gender analysis recommendations, including prioritization of gender in budgets, sustainability, and cultural differences/desensitization.