Gendered Thinking and Working Politically

 

A recent survey of Political Economy Analysis (PEA) tools concluded that gender is systematically overlooked by the PEA process. It has been suggested that a Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) approach could help gender analysis become increasingly sophisticated.

This DLP project seeks to understand whether and how development outcomes are improved by adding both a gender lens and TWP principles to policy thinking and program design. Drawing on new research projects and on a systematic analysis of data and interviews from previous case studies, the aim is to build comparative lessons learned from both positive and negative outcomes.

These findings will gather in one place a valuable source of evidence, cases, lessons, and actionable insights, all tailored to the needs of policymakers and practitioners. It is hoped that the resource will also become a repository for similar future work.

While the research team has already identified a range of primary and secondary research material, they are keen to broaden the evidence base as widely as possible.

Up to May 2017, they are asking colleagues from all areas of international development to suggest any projects, programs and initiatives that have produced solid evidence about how gender relations and political thinking have been effectively integrated, and what difference that has, or indeed has not made to program outcomes. Such suggestions will be most useful if the research team can access relevant background documents, research and evaluations and potentially interview or survey key informants. The team stresses that the focus of this project is wider than gender programming that is primarily focused on women’s empowerment, or governance programming that is about strengthening institutions.

Gender is not simply ‘women and girls’, it is a power relation that shapes who gets to speak, participate, and whose work is valued. Governance is not simply public financial management, elections and transparency, it is the politics of ‘who gets what, when and how’. Both gender and governance are approaches and offer a lens on the world.

Final synthesis of the findings will begin at the end of May next year and the main output is expected by September 2017 and is likely to be presented as a website and/or an e-book. This resource will be disseminated in a number of ways including a series of strategic conversations with key stakeholders and the drafting of a supporting training manual.

For further information or to contribute please contact: 

David Hudson (d.hudson [at] ucl.ac.uk), Chris Roche (c.roche [at] latrobe.edu.au) or Heather Lyne de Ver (h.lynedever [at] bham.ac.uk)

Project leads and management: David Hudson (UCL), Chris Roche (La Trobe), Heather Lyne de Ver (University of Birmingham)

Learning and synthesis lead: Sam Gibson (Palladium)

Researchers: Ceridwen Spark (RMIT), Alice Evans (Cambridge University), Orlanda Ward (UCL), Mark Koenig and Debra Ladner (The Asia Foundation).

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