[.pdf]   GD019-Gender Manual – A Practical Guide for Development Policy Makers and Pratictioners – DFID

This gender manual is designed to help non-gender specialists in recognising and addressing gender issues in their work. The intention is to demystify gender, make the concept and practice of gender “mainstreaming”  accessible to a wide audience, and clarify when to call in specialist help. Whilst designed for DFID staff and partner organisations, the manual should provide useful information and guidance for staff from any government  or civil society.

[.pdf]   GD022-Topic Guide on Gender

This guide introduces some of the best recent literature on a range of gender issues and highlights major critical debates. It is intended primarily as a reference for policymakers and highlights practical guidance, lessons  learned and case studies. New publications and emerging issues will be regularly incorporated.

[.pdf]   GD011-Protocol on Gender and Development (2008) – SADC

A protocol signed by countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

[.pdf]   GD051- Gender equality and empowerment of women – Austrian Development Cooperation

The gender policy of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) concentrates on the core areas of capabilities, opportunities and personal security in support of the main objectives of poverty reduction, peacekeeping and  conflict prevention. This approach is implemented throughout all ADC programmes. It commits ADC in both bilateral and multilateral organisations and also in dialogue with NGOs to adopt a consistent position and to  significantly enhance the development of capacities as part of a gender policy.A policy designed to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women requires a considerable effort, in which ADC would like to be  involved. This paper provides a conceptual and strategic basis for this involvement.

[.pdf]   GD083- Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy – USAID

The goal of this USAID’s policy is to improve the lives of citizens around the world by advancing equality between females and males, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of their societies. It will be addressed through integration of gender equality and female empowerment throughout the Agency’s Program Cycle and related processes: in strategic planning,  project design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This integrated approach positions the Agency to address gender gaps and the constraints that hold women back.

[.pdf]   GD093- Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments – Inter-Parliamentary Union

This Plan of Action is designed to support parliaments in their efforts to become more gender-sensitive. It presents a broad range of strategies in seven action areas that can be implemented by all parliaments, irrespective of  the number of women members. Parliaments are called upon to take ownership of this Plan of Action and to implement any or all of the Plan’s strategies at the national level by setting concrete objectives, actions and  deadlines suited to their national context. They are also called upon to regularly monitor and evaluate their progress towards the goal of gender sensitivity. A gender-sensitive parliament responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in its structures, operations, methods and work.

[.pdf]   GD094- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in Development – SIDA

This report is the outcome of a study of Swedish policy and administration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues (including intersex issues) in international development cooperation. Findings showed that the level of knowledge and understanding among Sida and Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) staff on LGBT and intersex issues is uneven and in many cases inadequate. The same is true when it comes to awareness  of the linkages between gender identity, sexuality on the one hand, and on the other hand core development issues such as poverty reduction, the protection and exercise of human rights and combating gender-based  violence. The study shows that there is a lack of explicit mentioning of LGBT issues in Swedish policy and strategy documents, and that in programmes with Swedish support, LGBT issues are not dealt with in a consistent  manner, or at all. On policy level the exception is the Swedish Government Communication on Human Rights in Foreign Policy, where LGBT issues are dealt with as a minority rights issue alongside with indigenous people’s rights and rights of persons with disabilities. Intersex issues are not mentioned in any official documents. There are no directives to ensure that Swedish supported interventions do not advocate in favour of, or tolerate, LGBT discrimination.

Against Wind and Tides – A Review of the Status of Women and Gender Equality in the Arab Region

Twenty years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on gender equality and women’s empowerment, this review of its implementation could not be more timely. Although much has been achieved in recent years to advance the rights of women and girls in the Arab region, inequalities persist at many levels, often perpetuated by law. In some countries, conflict has set back progress made and threatens the very security of women and girls. Moreover, the region has failed to put into effect one of the basic principles of the Beijing Platform: the full and equal participation of women in decision-making.This study, it is hoped, will encourage Governments and other concerned parties to redouble their commitment to the vision of the Beijing Declaration. It provides a sound foundation on which to build future development and gender equality strategies.