4 ways to successfully implement gender programs

A young woman from a village that is known for high levels of women trafficking to other major cities in India. How can development organizations deal with the challenges of running gender programs? Photo by: Anindit Roy-Chowdhury / U.N. Women / CC BY-NC-ND

Does mainstreaming gender into development programs work?

That’s a tricky question that often comes up when organizations for instance need to include provisions for gender equality in their project proposals, especially since more and more donors are now insisting that gender be integrated in all of the programs they fund. These include leading donor agencies such as the U.K. Department for International Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

For gender expert Maxine Molyneux, the answer is yes, provided gender mainstreaming is done right. Indeed it is now better understood that societies in general are held back by gender inequality.

A professor at the University College London, Molyneux believes this is an effective strategy as it reminds aid practitioners that gender inequality affects development outcomes — a basic point that several development partners sometimes forget.

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    Daphne Davies

    Daphne Davies is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant with more than 30 years' experience in international development. She has worked with the U.N., the European Union, national governments and global civil society organizations, including Amnesty, WWF and LDC Watch. Her expertise is in monitoring government policies in relation to international cooperation. Her interests are in sustainability, social and economic matters, women and least developed countries.