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Gender and Inclusion

Why is this theme important?

Existing gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts impact women, men, girls and boys differently. Cash based assistance is one of the most significant developments in humanitarian assistance in recent years. But the relationship between gender and cash based assistance in humanitarian contexts is poorly understood.

All too often, interventions are designed based on assumptions rather than evidence. As a result, many cash based interventions fail to capitalise on opportunities to foster positive gender impacts or, worse still, have unintended negative consequences. There is need for change.  

 What should progress in this area look like?

Video from CaLP’s Gender Symposium, February 2018

In March 2018, an 'Agenda for Collective Action' was agreed following a symposium on Gender and Cash Based Assistance’ in Nairobi. The agenda outlines key areas for action as summarized below: 

  1. Commit to action. Ensure gender specific needs and impacts are considered in all cash based assistance in humanitarian contexts.
  2. Undertake research to address the multiple evidence gaps.
  3. Ensure assessments consider gender and mitigate against any gender-based violence or wider protection risks.
  4. Design programmes to address the causes of inequality.
  5. Monitor and respond to protection issues, including risks of gender based violence.
  6. Enable cash, gender and protection specialists to work together and ensure quality programming.

Making progress towards this will help deliver on global cash commitments as summarised in the Global Framework for Action and contribute to promoting gender equality in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5. 

The need is clear, and we have already committed to action.  Now is the time to act.