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Gender Equality and Fragile States Policies and Programming: A comparative study of the OECD/DAC and six OECD donors

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Gender Equality and Fragile States Policies and Programming: A comparative study of the OECD/DAC and six OECD donors

Published: February 23, 2011

Updating NSI research from 2005, this paper analyses how six major donors and the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee approach the challenges of gender equality in fragile states. In terms of integrating a gender perspective into fragile states engagement policies, little progress has been made. No new fragile states policy which integrates gender has been developed among the six donors we examine.  Nor has any donor revisited their original strategy with a view to updating it or adding on a gender analysis. At the level of country programming, however, some progress has been made though it does not appear to be systematic. Donors need to take concerted action in partnership with fragile states to bridge the policy‐practice gap and fully realize the potential of gender equality to reinforce weak state structures and contribute to sustainable peace, security and development.

Author: Anca Hermina Paducel and Jennifer Erin Salahub

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