What We Do
The GEF believes that more systematic inclusion of gender aspects in our projects can create positive synergies between improved environmental impact and greater gender equality. As such, the GEF has a long history of mainstreaming gender as a cross-cutting priority. Together with GEF Agencies, we have made significant progress on gender mainstreaming over the past years. This progress has been guided by several GEF policies and strategies, such as the Policy on Gender Mainstreaming and the Gender Equality Action Plan.
In the last couple of years, the GEF has ramped up its ambition to promote gender equality. In 2017, the GEF adopted a Policy on Gender Equality that introduced a set of new principles and requirements to mainstream gender in the design, implementation, and evaluation of GEF programs and projects. The policy marks a distinct shift in GEF’s approach to gender mainstreaming - from a gender-aware “do no harm” approach to a gender-responsive “do good” approach. Read more+
The GEF’s new gender-responsive approach has four main elements:
Gender-responsive stakeholder consultations: efforts to ensure equal opportunities in terms of consultations, participation and decision-making throughout the project cycle;
Gender analysis: collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data and gender information to inform project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
Gender-responsive actions: measures to address gender differences, gender-differentiated impacts and risks, and opportunities to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation: use of sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive indicators, and targets to measure results of project activities on women and men
To implement the Policy effectively, the GEF worked with its Agencies to develop a guidance document in 2018. This guidance is organized around the GEF project cycle, and outlines detailed and practical steps needed to meet the requirements set out in the Policy.
Further to support the implementation of the Policy, the GEF developed a Gender Implementation Strategy in 2018. This strategy is organized around key gender gaps relevant to the global environment, and the strategic entry points for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of the GEF-7 programming. It elaborates on four priority action areas in which the GEF will work to implement the Policy, including
- promoting gender-responsive approaches and results in programs and projects;
- enhancing capacity of the GEF Secretariat and its partners to address gender equality;
- increasing GEF’s collaboration with partners to generate knowledge and contribute to learning on links between gender and the environment; and
- enhancing GEF’s corporate processes and systems for tracking and reporting on gender equality results.
Looking ahead, we will continue to work in partnership, build capacity, strengthen our GEF partnership, invest in knowledge and learning, improve accountability and focus on results on the ground. The GEF will also continue to collaborate closely with the GEF Gender Partnership that was established in 2015, and that now engages gender focal points from the GEF’s 18 Agencies, MEA Secretariats and other partners. Together, we will help the GEF and partners to mainstream gender equality and empower women, and ensuring that our projects and activities better respond to women’s needs and strategic interests, ensuring their participation and leadership for greater results on the global environment.
There has been a notable shift and significant progress mainstreaming gender in GEF projects. GEF’s annual monitoring reviews highlight good practices across focal area projects in mainstreaming gender during project development and implementation. Findings from these reviews validate improvements of projects that have conducted a gender analysis and incorporated gender in results frameworks. Specifically, the analyses found that 66% (185 of 281) of projects—a majority of full-size and medium-size projects under GEF-6—have carried out some type of gender analysis. These figures demonstrate a notable increase of projects that conduct gender analyses in the project design and planning stages compared to the GEF-5 baseline of 18%. Gender analyses in these projects continue to provide valuable information on gender differences in needs, roles and responsibilities, and opportunities for equal participation and leadership of women and men. Gender analyses in many of these projects have led to the development of additional gender-related actions, including project outputs, activities, or sex-disaggregated indicators. Read more+
To improve the capturing and reporting of results on gender equality and women’s empowerment, the GEF launched a new Gender tagging system in 2018. This system is designed to help GEF to more effectively capture portfolio results related to gender equality. While GEF programs and projects contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in different ways, the gender tags focus on tracking the GEF’s contribution to narrowing three key gender gaps, namely: (a) access to and control of natural resources; (b) participation and decision-making; (c) access to socio-economic benefits and services.