Gender strategy - CGIAR Reserch Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems

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  • Strategic: How do gender norms shape the life choices of women and men in the hub communities? What are the social and material consequences of non conformity with expected behaviors and what opportunities are there for change? Gender integration: What measures are most effective to enable poor women and men to envision and realize upgradation goals in AAS market systems? Innovation: what M&E tools can facilitate cost-effective assessment of intra-household outcomes and impacts? Approach: Innovate through operationalizing gender & development theory in AAS practice – in gender theme AND across themes; transformative agenda cross cuts – intrinsic to aim of sustainable (long lasting) improvements in wellbeing – ensure systems and structures enable poor and marginalized to have more and better life choices; widens the bounds of the possible Experimentation: lack knowledge of what works to facilitate social change & gender equity. Systematically test interventions** to learn what works under what conditions, to inform upscaling and replication ** e.g. Interventions: technical alone; technical + transformative
  • First bullet: gender integration across themes – with a transformative lens; systematic testing of innovative interventions that fill gender resource gaps, but with an eye to influencing the social environment causing these disparities in access, benefits, control Second bullet: Strategic gender research on gender norms, their consequences for life choices, and how to act to change them Third bullet: learning – process monitoring and outcome/impact evaluations: foster replication and scale up. Involves tool development, defining success indicators etc AMBITIOUS but…CG system well placed to lead in shifting the paradigm… need to take risks; reform process sets the stage for this How AAS will support the ambitious agenda – governance of CRP; capacity focused on gender; financial resources
  • Gender strategy - CGIAR Reserch Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems

    1. 1. Gender Strategy AAS Gender StrategyMaking a difference in the lives of the poor
    2. 2. Overview• Introduction to AAS• Our focus on Gender• Our strategy o Rationale o Gender Transformative Approach• Structure and capacity• Some reflections Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    3. 3. AAS and CGIAR reformInnovation: Reaching those left behind by the Green Revolution Research in Development Gender Impact Assessment Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    4. 4. Our research agenda Gender transformative approachesMaking a difference in the lives of the poor
    5. 5. Why gender transformative?• Practice lagging behind understanding• Technical approaches/gap filling – accept/reinforce inequity• Gender integration without social change limits sustainability of impacts Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    6. 6. Our goal and approach Gender equitable systems that enhance the resilience, capabilities and wellbeing of poor women and men dependent on AAS• Gender integration across AAS themes• Strategic gender research facilitating change in norms, attitudes and practices• Innovation and experimentation • Operationalizing concepts and developing tools • Systematically testing interventions to understand what works Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    7. 7. Specific Objectives• To design and test innovative ways to reduce gender inequalities in the range and quality of livelihood choices and resources available to AAS dependent women and men.• To facilitate change in the norms, attitudes and practices underlying these patterns of gender disparity.• To demonstrate how this enhanced gender- responsiveness results inof the poor wellbeing and Making a difference in the lives equity,
    8. 8. Governance and ManagementProgram Oversight Panel• 4 women (including chair)• 4 menProgram Leadership Team• 6 women• 10 men• Gender Working Group• Country Team leaders (3 women; 2 men) Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    9. 9. Gender Capacity 2012 Strategic gender Three focal countries: Bangladesh, Solomons, Zambiaresearch partners (ICRW, UEA) Country program leaders Gender leadership team Country gender Hub implement’n focal points team 2 Consultants 3 Hub gender research partners Gender Working Hub development Group partners Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    10. 10. Gender Capacity 2013 Five focal countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Strategic genderresearch partners Philippines, Solomons, Zambia (ICRW, UEA) Country program leaders Gender leadership team Country gender Hub implement’n focal points team 3 Consultants 5 Hub gender research partners Gender Working Hub development Group partners Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    11. 11. Reflections• Humility and hubris• Out on a limb – innovation + modeling behavior• How can we help people “get it”?• Indicators of success  Gender balance in gender meetings  Bridging the social science skills gap Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    12. 12. Thank You Making a difference in the lives of the poor

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