Politically Informed, Gender Aware Programming: Five Lessons From Practice

This briefing note unpacks key lessons that emerge from the Gender and Politics in Practice (GAPP) research project, which asks how a gendered understanding of power and politics can make development work more effective. Many development programs tend to look at gender issues and politics separately. Through a series of case studies, this research asks what we can learn from more integrated approaches.

The note highlights the following five lessons:

  1.  Support inclusive local leadership...
  2. ... to bring political and gender analysis together - and use it
  3. ... to drive politically informed, gender aware action for change
  4. ...to plan for uncertainty and learn through adaptation
  5. Shape management systems to support these ways of working.

It suggests practical questions to consider in each of these areas.

For a more detailed discussion of these five areas, see: From Silos to Synergy: Learning from Politically Informed, Gender Aware Programs

GAPP is led by the Developmental Leadership Program, which involves the University of Birmingham and La Trobe University, in collaboration with the Australian Government. Partner organisations include The Asia Foundation, Palladium, RMIT, Kings College London, UCL and the University of Southampton. GAPP is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Gender Equality Fund and DFAT’s partnership with The Asia Foundation.

Find out more at dlprog.org/gapp.

About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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