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Building a WEAI for project use: Overview of GAAP2 for pro-WEAI

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An inception workshop for the Gender, Agriculture & Assets Project Phase 2 (GAAP2) titled Developing Project-Level Indicators to Measure Women’s Empowerment was held in January 2016.

In this presentation, Nancy Johnson of IFPRI discusses how the project level WEAI (pro-WEAI) will be constructed in GAAP2 and talks about the structure of GAAP2 and the different components of the project.

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Building a WEAI for project use: Overview of GAAP2 for pro-WEAI

  1. 1. Building a WEAI for project use: Overview of GAAP2 for pro-WEAI Nancy Johnson Agnes Quisumbing Ruth Meinzen-Dick
  2. 2. What projects want from WEAI  More streamlined, easier to collect indicators that can be part of regular M&E  Better adaptability to their own project contexts, specifics of their own intervention  In some cases, modules related to mobility, gender-based violence, reproductive health, self-confidence, political participation (CARE), shocks/resilience (FAO/IFAD), agricultural extension (iDE/IWMI), etc.  Better understanding of the qualitative aspects of empowerment (how and why?)
  3. 3. What projects want from WEAI Depending on the project  More detail on some areas (livestock), less detail in others (crops) for a livestock project, the reverse for crop projects  Extends beyond agriculture  Greater emphasis on autonomy in different spheres (control over income or participation in labor force, not necessarily agricultural decisions)  Ability to tackle dimensions of empowerment that relate to health and nutrition outcomes
  4. 4. GAAP2 for pro-WEAI  A second phase of the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP)  supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and CRP on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)  Builds on approach of GAAP1 (2009-2013)  Portfolio of 8 agricultural development projects in South Asia and Africa  Incorporated indicators of women’s access to, ownership of and control over assets into existing impact evaluations
  5. 5. GAAP2 for pro-WEAI  Innovations in GAAP2 (2015-2020)  Develop and pilot a WEAI for project use (pro-WEAI)  Larger portfolio (16 projects) selected to enable clustering by  Commodity focus (crops, livestock)  Project goal (income, nutrition)  Strategies to empower women  More opportunities for learning and sharing across projects
  6. 6. Tentative GAAP2 project portfolio- Goal x commodity clusters Income Nutrition Both Crops 3D4AgDev (Malawi) MOA-ANGeL (Bangladesh) BRAC-TRAIN (Bangladesh) AVRDC (Mali) DAI –AVC (Bangladesh) IFPRI-WLE (Ghana) Bioversity (Mali) Livestock Project Mesha (India--Bihar) Heifer (Nepal) Trias (Tanzania) Both WINGS (India) HKI-FAARM (Bangladesh) CARE Pathways (Mali and Ghana) Feed the Future Nigeria-CRS (Nigeria) Freedom from Hunger (Burkina Faso) JP-RWEE (Ethiopia)
  7. 7. Strategies that projects are using to reach and empower women  Target women and monitor whether they are being reached  Involve women in project activities (e.g., trainings) and ensure they receive benefits (e.g., new technologies, cash or asset transfers)  Involve women in prioritizing and designing innovations  Strengthen women’s involvement in collective action, e.g., through group formation, to enable them to access and to benefit from opportunities  Many projects include innovative financial mechanisms  Raise awareness and change attitudes about gender norms and roles in social and political institutions (e.g., family, community, markets, state agencies)
  8. 8. How will GAAP2 work?  Develop WEAI modules that individual projects can choose from  Customize A-WEAI for a specific type of project  Add modules not included in A-WEAI  Each project pilots its pro-WEAI in its (baseline) data collection  Analysis, validation, sharing of findings about pro-WEAI modules; revisions to modules as needed  Projects pilot revised modules in subsequent rounds of data collection  Analysis  of project impacts on women’s empowerment, as measured by pro-WEAI and other indicators  Comparative analysis and synthesis of project impacts on a range of outcome indicators  Finalize pro-WEAI modules and protocols for broader dissemination
  9. 9. Who is in GAAP2?  Project teams -implementers and M&E partners  GAAP core team —PIs, program manager, research assistants, virtual team facilitator (Radical Inclusion)  Project liaisons – researchers from IFPRI and other CGIAR centers, Cultural Practice, Yale University  2 CG gender research fellows  OPHI – support on index development  AWARD and BRAC University– capacity building, lead development of training materials based on pro-WEAI content  2 AWARD placements will work with projects on pro-WEAI  External Advisory Committee
  10. 10. GAAP2 Core Team, Project Liaisons, AWARD, OPHI GAAP2 Projects Community of Practice Pro-WEAI Community of Practice M&E Teams Broader public Project Implementers Research and Capacity Strengthening PIs
  11. 11. Communities of Practice What is a community of practice (COP)?  Both physical and virtual, facilitated network of projects, implementers, researchers, M&E specialists, etc. GAAP2 CoP for GAAP2 participants  Cross-project opportunities beyond annual meetings for project teams to interact, share, and learn from one another.  Opportunity to share experiences, questions, and emerging insights  Facilitated by Radical Inclusion Pro-WEAI CoP for anyone interested in pro-WEAI  Starts slowly and grows as pro-WEAI develops.  Housed on the WEAI Resource Center, based at IFPRI. http://www.ifpri.org/topic/weai-resource-center
  12. 12. Thank you. Questions?

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