This project will assess the evidence of links between gender equality, statebuillding and peacebuilding drawing previous research into this area together to provide a baseline against which to move forward both in policy and research. It will also develop a policy approach and theory of change for the inclusion of gender within peacebuilding statebuilding. This work will inform DFID’s longer-term, more detailed research on this area as well as provide the analytical basis for current policy development and immediate programming.
Many bilateral and multilateral donors now have policies on integrating gender issues into their peace and security work, while more than 35 countries have National Action Plans on implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. However, despite this rhetoric, there is little evidence that these policies are being implemented and while the policy discourse assumes that gender-sensitivity has an impact on the inclusiveness, effectiveness and longer-term sustainability and impact of peacebuilding and statebuilding processes, robust evidence of impact is a critical gap in this field.