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Bridge Presentation Gender mainstreaming

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Research brokers and intermediaries in different sectors and contexts: gender

Presentation by Adrian Bannister, BRIDGE, IDS (UK) at the Locating the Power of the In-between conference July 08

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Bridge Presentation Gender mainstreaming

  1. 1. BRIDGE - a gender-focused intermediary seeking to have influence Date: 01:07:2008
  2. 2. What BRIDGE seeks to do, how and why <ul><li>What is our mission / what’s the problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is BRIDGE trying to influence? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we see as our role? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we approach our work? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples that illustrate this? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cutting Edge Packs - an example of how BRIDGE approaches it’s work <ul><li>What is a Cutting Edge Pack (CEP)? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is the CEP process important? </li></ul><ul><li>How has it worked in practice - Gender and Indicators CEP and UNDP, 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harnessing UNDP through top-up funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-hosted an Expert Panel at CSW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-facilitated an e-discussion with UNDP staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNDP disseminated pack internally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Influencing DFID policy from within </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging Norwegian People’s Aid – mine action </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Lessons or learning points– what works? <ul><li>Having a specific influencing agenda enables BRIDGE to conduct it’s role as an intermediary more effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result of trying to shift attitudes, policy and practice BRIDGE cannot be an objective conduit of information. </li></ul><ul><li>But this does not mean it cannot promote diversity and support less dominant voices alongside the mainstream. </li></ul><ul><li>Successfully finding a niche in-between others can create opportunities for collaboration and for influencing them </li></ul><ul><li>Building relationships with others who are more powerful enables us to find spaces to influence them from within </li></ul><ul><li>Gender work requires a particular awareness of subjectivity, of power and of the politics of information. </li></ul>
  5. 5. For more information on BRIDGE <ul><li>Visit the Exhibition space tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Log onto the BRIDGE website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bridge.ids.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Come say Hello at any time! </li></ul>

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