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The Impact of Cultural, Religious and Legal Factors on Women’s Empowerment through Conditional Cash Transfers

This brief draws from a research report titled “Assessing women empowerment in Tanzania: the case of the Productive Social Safety Net Programme”. The research was funded by the International Development Centre (IDRC) as part of a research programme…

Assessing the Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Women’s Empowerment in Tanzania

This brief snapshot results from a study that examined the impact of cash transfers on household living standards, and on women empowerment in the period 2015– 2017. The study adapts a Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) approach, and pa…

Improving Gender Equality Quota Implementation in Post-Conflict South Sudan

The importance of gender equality continues to dominate governance and constitutional discourses in a range of developing and fragile societies, especially in Africa. To help foster a better understanding on how South Sudan has been grappling with …

Limits of gender Equality: Poor Uneducated Mozambicans Less Likely to see Improvement

Gender equality is enshrined in Mozambique’s Constitution and promoted through its participation in international conventions and treaties as well as its 2004 Family Code, which requires equality in property and family law, including sharing of asse…

Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agriculture Investments: Gender Strategy

At its most fundamental level, development is the process of engaging communities to improve social, health, economic, and political outcomes and to expand freedoms. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential components to the developme…

Education, Marriage, Fertility and Work Choices of Young Women in Uganda

Despite the existence of several policies and laws aimed at empowering women to participate as equal partners in development, a number of challenges remain in Uganda. Low female education attainment, early marriages, teenage pregnancies and poor fem…

Gender Equality in Combatting Climate Change: The African Context

Gender equality is recognised as a fundamental human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). In all spheres of life, it is a powerful driver for growth and social justice, and a requirement for achieving sustainable d…

Fourth Industrial Revolution: What's in it for African Women?

The world of work is undergoing a revolutionary change with advances in technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of ‘big data’. While there are emerging debates around Africa’s role within this evolving technological context, very litt…

A Gender Lens on Informal Settlement Upgrading: Strengthening Women's Participation

In the context of persisting gender inequality, women’s participation in informal settlement upgrading in South Africa needs special attention. Disparities in access to resources are coupled with gender relations that are biased towards male power…

Beyond the Rhetoric: Mainstreaming Gender in the ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture

With a long history of a troubled backyard, ECOWAS needs to modify its strategies to ensure effectiveness. This requires a bespoke and innovative approach to peace and security that, necessarily, has to be gendered and inclusive. This policy brief…

Batswana Report Improving Gender Equality and Approve of Government Efforts

The political, economic, and social inequality of women in Africa has been part of international discourse since the 1950s, when the United Nations began interrogating the effects of harmful traditional norms and practices on women across the contin…

An African Approach for Gauging the Gender Responsiveness of National Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

This article presents the findings from a diagnostic study used to determine the gender responsiveness of national monitoring and evaluation systems in Benin, South Africa and Uganda. The conclusion is that while the three countries have implemented…

Gender Responsiveness Diagnostic Report of National Monitoring and Evaluation System in Uganda

There is growing awareness of the need for government interventions to be more reflective of the broader realities of societal and cultural norms within its context. For that to happen there is need for monitoring and evaluation systems to account …

Diagnostic of the Gender Responsiveness of National Monitoring and Evaluation System: Benin, Uganda and South Africa

The AGDEN gender diagnostic matrix was used as an analytical tool to assess the extent to which provision were made and the existence/functionality of mechanism for gender mainstreaming in the National Monitoring and Evaluation plan as well as in th…

Despite Progressive Laws, Barriers to Full Gender Equality Persist in South Africa

Since May, for the first time in its history, half of South Africa’s Cabinet ministers are women. And assessing women’s economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment, the Global Gender Gap Index ranks…

Etude Diagnostique sur la Sensibilite du Systeme Nationale de Suivi-Evaluation du Benin par rapport au Genre / Diagnostic study on the Sensitivity of the Benin National Monitoring and Evaluation System in Relation to Gender

Despite a legal and institutional framework favourable to the promotion of gender equality, gender mainstreaming in Benin's monitoring and evaluation system could be improved in many respects. The national evaluation policy adopted in 2012 makes alm…

Gender and Corruption in Botswana: Perceptions, Participation and Considerations for Anti-Corruption Policy

This paper explores the gendered differences of perceived and actual participation in bureaucratic corruption in Botswana. By examining Afrobarometer data and undertaking a documentary analysis, the study finds that while levels of perceived corrupt…

Access to Agricultural Land and Nutritional Outcomes at the Household Level: A Gender Perspective Analysis in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Despite the huge DRC’s agricultural potential, the majority of the Congolese population remains largely vulnerable to food insecurity, malnutrition and hunger. While 71% of the labour force are employed in agriculture, there is a contrast between th…

Uganda needs to Increase Domestic Resources to Finance Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Interventions

This brief examines both domestic and donor spending on interventions intended to promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) in Uganda. We note that GEWE interventions are largely financed using domestic resources. Nonetheless, domestic …

Despite Perceptions of Gender Equality, Africa's Rural Women Bear Brunt of Economic Exclusion

Gender equality is both Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5 and a theme underpinning various other goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda highlights the need for gender-equal access to education, ownership of resources…

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