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Advancing gender equality and climate action: a practical guide to setting targets and monitoring progress


Written by Mairi Dupar

Image credit:Woman carrying a solar panel near Yangambi, DRC. Axel Fassio/CIFOR Image license:CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This guide, created by CDKN, ODI, SNV, CARE and Mercy Corps, was created in response to a common refrain from project managers: 'we have to integrate gender into our climate project but we don't know exactly how to do it!'

It is geared to helping project managers develop appropriate gender-related targets and a suitable Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning (MEL) system to track achievement over time. It complements the Climate and Development Network's (CDKN) training materials, including powerpoint packs and serious fun games on gender and social inclusion in climate projects.

More than Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning 

The guide is not purely about MEL systems, though. These do not stand alone: but need to be integrated into overall climate project design and planning processes that have ambitious gender equality goals. A comprehensive approach includes:

  • understanding diverse people’s needs and capabilities (Chapter 2)
  • assessing gender-responsive solutions and project planning based on local people’s knowledge (Chapter 3), then
  • setting appropriate gender-related targets and indicators, and ultimately preparing a MEL system to track progress and learn from implementation (Chapter 4).

Learning from experience

This guide uses rich case study examples to unpack how different organisations have:

  • developed gender-responsive objectives and targets, appropriate to their sector and context
  • created relevant indicators and MEL systems to track and understand progress
  • managed their projects adaptively in response to emergent learning.

The featured case studies are:

  • Cambodia Horticulture Advancing Income and Nutrition program (CHAIN)
  • Energising Development (EnDev) Tanzania
  • Promoting Sustainable Partnerships for Empowered Resilience (PROSPER - Malawi)
  • Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE)
  • Enabling Andean Communities to Adapt to Climate Change (Ecuador).

The authors

The guide's authors are Mairi Dupar (CDKN/ODI) and Patricia Velasco (CDKN) with substantive contributions from: Inga Brill (SNV), Andrés Córdova (CARE Ecuador), Harko Koster (SNV), Vaidehi Krishnan (Mercy Corps), Sokundarun Lim (SNV), Jennifer Linkletter (SNV), Rik Overmars (SNV), Beza Tesfaye (Mercy Corps).