We explore how public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been widely promoted to help countries finance SDG targets, despite growing evidence that challenges the capacity of PPPs to deliver gender equality and other social goals. Written in partnership with Eurodad and FEMNET.
Social protection, public services and infrastructure interact with women’s rights and gender equality. If Governments maximise spending in these areas in an integrated, gender-responsive way, it can be a powerful tool for gender equality. Written in partnership with FEMNET.
In this think piece, Kate Horstead considers the impact of structural inequalities across the entire life course, suggesting that this is an important area that needs more research and analysis.
As in all advocacy work, there is a danger that we, as women’s rights advocates, focus too narrowly on our immediate objectives, losing sight of how they support our vision for a more just society. When it comes to macro-level economics, that risk is especially great. In July 2018, GADN and FEMNET created a space for feminist advocates to consider how our work is contributing to longer-term goals—and whether it is truly transformative. Read the workshop report.
This briefing is the outcome of collaboration among a wide range of organisations under the umbrella of the Feminists for a Binding Treaty coalition. It highlights the importance of a binding gender-just international accountability framework for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) as an agenda in its own right, and an integral part of a broader effort to achieve women’s economic empowerment.
In recent months, scandals have erupted around revelations of sexual abuse and violence among international aid and humanitarian agencies, prompting questions about how best to tackle cultures of exploitation in the sector.
This briefing, written by Dinah Musindarwezo, outlines how public debt and its servicing are a particular problem for the African continent, undermining the ability of governments to meet their commitments on gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights.
The Gender and Development Network (GADN) has developed a menu of recommendations on the way in which INGOs should respond to the recent revelations on sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, based on the experiences and research of our members’ organisations on this topic.
In March 2018, the Gender & Development Network organised a workshop as a space for GADN members to begin to make sense of the recent disclosues of sexual harassment and abuse by male staff in INGOs and their partner organisations, of women staff, and of the women and girls using services provided by INGOs. The workshop was intended as a starting point to collate a set of proposals in order to ensure the safeguarding response to the current sexual harassment disclosures is as robust as it can be.
GADN's Women's Economic Justice working group recently made a submission to the International Development Select Committee Inquiry on DFID's Economic Development Strategy.
The group welcomes the Strategy's commitments to women's economic empowerment and to leaving no-one behind, but the submission highlights structural barriers which the Strategy must take into account if it is to deliver on its commitments.
Political economy analysis can help practitioners to understand the distribution of power and resources in a society and the implications for their programmatic objectives. However, political economy analysis has overwhelmingly ignored one of the most pervasive systems of power in society – that of gender. A gendered political economy analysis explicitly examines how gender and other social inequalities shape people’s access to power and resources, and ensures that the perspectives of women inform the process, content and use of the analysis.
GADN recently made a submission to the United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights on the links and the impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on women’s human rights. This is ahead of the Independent Expert's next thematic report to the UN General Assembly, 73rd session (2018).