Putting it all Together: Engendering a Project Application
Letter of Intent
• Many funding agencies require a Letter of Intent as the first stage
• You need to be knowledgeable about the goals of the funding agency, past projects it has funded, and stated criteria for funding
• Does the project description highlight the relevance and contribution of the project to national gender equality goals as well as the local community where the project is going to be undertaken?
• Does the project description speak to the relevance and contribution of the project to the gender equality policy and goals and other priorities of the donor?
• Does the project description include how women and men will be involved in developing the partnerships, networks and collaboration with stakeholders within and beyond the project partners?
Methodology and Management Strategy
Does the proposed project methodology demonstrate how gender analyses – including an analysis of the role gender dynamics play in the development problem – have been employed in framing the project objectives and goals?
Does the proposed project methodology include activities or programs for community organization partners that highlight gender-related components and their intended results in promoting women's participation and equality between men and women?
Does the project management strategy include ways to promote gender equality and women's active participation and leadership in the management, implementation and monitoring team?
• Does the project methodology and management strategy section make reference to the importance of doing social needs assessment or environmental/organizational impact assessment that takes into account gender differential needs and impacts?
• Does the proposed project methodology and management strategy include gender-related risks and how the project intends to address them?
While the final proposal will be more detailed than the Letter of Intent, the narrative developed for your Letter on description, methodology and management are also relevant for the proposal
Does the description of your organization include reference to their commitment to gender equality goals, available gender-related expertise, and previous experience that involved gender-related projects and programs?
Does the description of community organizations involved in the project include reference to their commitment to gender equality goals, available gender-related expertise, and previous experience that involved gender-related projects and programs?
Project Team Structure
Does the project team structure include women leaders?
Does the project team structure include the designation of a special team involving both women and men that will implement and monitor the gender-related components of the project?
Logical Framework Analysis / Results Based Management
Does the narrative summary on project goals incorporate gender equality or empowerment goals
Does the description of expected results, in terms of short-term outcomes and long-term impacts, or changes that may arise from the project include reference to gender-related outcomes and impacts?
Do the performance measurement indicators include both quantitative and qualitative gender-aware measurements to assess how well the intended results are being achieved?
Do the targets specified under the expected results and/or performance indicators stipulate the number of women and men who would benefit from the project?
Do the performance measurement indicators explain how gender-disaggregated baseline data will be utilized to highlight how gender-related changes and impacts are going to be monitored and evaluated?
Does the Logical Framework identify critical assumptions that highlight a realistic appreciation of the factors, conditions, or circumstances that would affect the achievement of desired gender-related outcomes and results of the project?
Does the mention of risks (both internal and external) that might be political, cultural, social, economic or environmental in nature indicate how the critical assumptions necessary for positive gender-related outcomes and results may or may not occur?
Does the breakdown of funds being requested reflect the amount needed for the gender-specific components of the project?
Evaluate your Gender Thinking
To close this workshop, we remind you to also monitor and evaluate your gender thinking used to design your project and prepare your proposal
To review …
Clarify your Gender Terminology
When I use the term ‘gender’ am I really thinking about (only) ‘women’?
When I use the term ‘women’ and ‘men’ which women and men do I have in mind?
When do I need to use the term ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ so that female or male children are not neglected as a distinct gender group?
Check your Gendered Assumptions
What kinds of assumptions inform my personal understanding of gender relations? Of human sexuality?
What am I taking for granted when I claim that project activities will be ‘inclusive’?
Am I assuming that marginalized groups will be able to participate in project activities? What might need to happen to enable them to participate?
Am I assuming that marginalized groups will want to participate in project activities?
Interrogate your Point of View
How have I come to understand the gender dynamics of community participants? Have I listened to everyday people about their situation, or have I talked only to community leaders?
If I look at the project from the point of view of community participants, what would the benefits of the project look like?
If there are activities that target women, how might men interpret these activities and the women who participate in them? If activities for men, have I thought of possible negative repercussions that these activities might have on women afterwards?