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Gender and Social Inclusion

Poverty-Environment Action works to effectively mainstream gender equality and social inclusion into our work to address the structural causes of poverty and environmental degradation. The project has stepped up efforts made in previous years to understand the level of awareness and existing capacity across Poverty-Environment Action countries.

A clear picture of the challenge has emerged, pointing to low levels of awareness and inadequate structures and capacity. The scale of the challenge grows with the level of ambition, as in the case of the integration of gender equality in the context of the poverty-environment nexus in development plans, budgeting and finance.

Among the signal achievements, our efforts have contributed to governments assessing the responsiveness of climate related budgets to gender inequality and poverty. The results have raised the awareness and efforts are underway to better use existing performance-based budget systems to accelerate gender and poverty responsiveness and to improve cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

 

Achievements and Highlights

In 2016, the Poverty-Environment Initiative supported Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance to assess the responsiveness of climate related budgets to gender inequality and poverty. Public programs and activities identified as having high climate change relevance were assessed against the following criteria: access, participation, control and benefits. The assessment showed that central government ministries lack awareness and technical capacity to effectively integrate poverty and gender issues into climate change related programmes and activities.

Collaborative research captured in The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda report and follow-up by the Poverty-Environment Initiative, UN Women and the World Bank together with the Royal Norwegian Embassy were reflected in the strong focus on women’s empowerment and climate-smart agriculture in Malawi’s new national agriculture policy adopted in 2016. A series of follow-up “empowerment dialogues’ provided an important platform for the Poverty-Environment Action and UN Women to engage with civil society and other UN agencies on the gender and environment nexus based on the analysis in the reports.