This new toolkit from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and UN Women is intended for use by climate change project proponents from governments, international and national direct access entities, and civil society organisations. Based on a one-day training delivered by UN Women, the manual reviews the GCF Gender Policy and related programming provisions, including readiness support.

Gender mainstreaming is central to the GCF’s objectives and guiding principles, including through engaging women and men of all ages as stakeholders in the design, development and implementation of strategies and activities to be financed. The GCF Governing Instrument states that: “The Fund will strive to maximise the impact of its funding for adaptation and mitigation… promoting environmental, social, economic and development co-benefits and taking a gender-sensitive approach.”

Thus, gender equality considerations should be mainstreamed into the entire project cycle to enhance the efficacy of climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions, and ensure that gender co-benefits are obtained. This applies to all projects, not only those intended from the outset to centre on women or to have a gender focus. Gender mainstreaming is fundamental to any project intervention and does not necessarily signify additional costs; in fact, mainstreaming gender makes climate interventions more effective and efficient.

The toolkit covers a number of gender mainstreaming tools and methodological approaches, which can be employed in designing projects, including gender analysis, gender assessment and action plans, and gender-responsive results or logical frameworks. Focusing on the minimum set of tools needed to meet the core requirements of the GCF project cycle, these methodologies and tools are applicable to a broad range of climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

Download the toolkit: Mainstreaming Gender in Green Climate Fund Proposals

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