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ODI Bites: Africa beyond Covid-19

16. Juli 2020 - 0:00
We explore what new approaches and enhanced forms of collaboration will need to be built between Africa, Europe and beyond.
Kategorien: english

Gender and Ethnicity pay gap statements 2020

16. Juli 2020 - 0:00
A 2020 review of our gender and ethnicity pay gaps, featuring actions we are taking to eliminate this in the coming years.
Kategorien: english

Intersectionality

15. Juli 2020 - 0:00

The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion team has a long-standing focus on the norms, practices, structures and institutions that intersect with one another to contribute to marginalisation and inequality.

Our work has focused particularly on issues of class, age, race and ethnicity, (dis)ability, sexual orientation and gender identity and the ways they intersect with gender norms to affect experience, life chances and realisation of rights.

Recent work has included a focus on gender and ageing, anti-discrimination policies and programmes to address a range of inequalities and work on the intersection of gender norms with issues of sexuality and gender identity. The GAGE programme has mainstreamed disability throughout all its primary and secondary research. A new ALIGN workstream explores the role of social movements in changing discriminatory norms with a particular focus on gender, race and ethnicity.

Kategorien: english

Methodologies and approaches

15. Juli 2020 - 0:00

Our Gender Equality and Social Inclusion team provides research advice, support and mentoring and undertakes mixed methods research, including operations research and impact evaluations. We make use of innovative approaches such as participatory photography and Sensemaker and our team are recognised as experts in qualitative methods. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have developed pioneering best practice guidance in remote research with adolescents.

Through GAGE we have substantial experience in longitudinal cohort studies. In addition to primary research, we have a track record in systematic, rigorous and rapid evidence reviews on topics as diverse as media approaches to address gender norm change, the efficacy of girls’ clubs to promote empowerment and projects to promote positive masculinities for adolescent boys and young men.

We also identify priorities and develop conceptual frameworks, advise donors, multilateral bodies and NGOs on strategic engagement, and convene high-level networks to support in the development of relevant, impactful and evidence based gender equality agendas.

Kategorien: english

Health, psychosocial well-being and freedom from violence

15. Juli 2020 - 0:00

Our research on gender and health spans sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases and gender-based and sexual violence. This includes service provision in fragile and post-conflict contexts; health systems strengthening and multi-level analyses of health systems; health innovations; community approaches to addressing barriers to service uptake and access; and the social relations and gender norms determining health disparities.

Our growing work on gender, mental health and psychosocial well-being adds depth and nuance to an area traditionally dominated by biomedical approaches, also exploring the social determinants of mental ill-health.

We research and analyse risk factors and protective measures among children, adolescents and older people, including the role of digital approaches in promoting psychosocial well-being. Our partners include leading global health organisations, community associations and universities, such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (where GESI team member Dr. Fiona Samuels is an Honorary Associate Professor), and journals such as The Lancet

Kategorien: english

Political voice and leadership

15. Juli 2020 - 0:00

Our work on political voice and leadership explores pathways and barriers to equal representation in the political space, including in leadership roles, at decision-making tables and within social movements. In our work we consider the role of harmful gender norms in shaping political representation and mobilisation and strategies for shifting them in different contexts, including a focus on how these dynamics unfold and change in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

In other research, we analyse women’s experience of formal and informal political settings, including within gender equality movements, broader social and democratic movements and other forms of political action. We also investigate how different actors navigate informal rules of political negotiation and agenda-setting at global, national and local levels. Finally, we explore how adolescent girls develop voice and agency in household, school and community life.

Kategorien: english

Economic empowerment

15. Juli 2020 - 0:00

Our analysis on youth skills, women’s employment and the care economy has informed donor, government and international policy processes. Our work explores women’s economic empowerment from adolescence to adulthood, including skills development and access to productive assets; credit and decent employment; access to and control over land; and gender norms that limit women’s financial inclusion.

We also examine how social and gender norms shape expectations around the occupations people should work, as well as the effects of care responsibilities and harassment on economic inclusion and strategies for shifting them.

Our research also explores the role of women in agriculture and the effects of agricultural development and economic empowerment programmes on their labour trajectories and their agency. One example is our work supporting the Youth Forward Learning Partnership, where we address the challenges that rural women face in agriculture, their role as economic agents and the effects of Youth Forward on women’s access to jobs, financial services and the expansion of the economic opportunities available to them. This work has influenced policymakers and others to adopt and support successful employment of women and entrepreneurship models.

Kategorien: english

Post-merger development governance in the UK: a preliminary cross-national investigation of Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors

15. Juli 2020 - 0:00
A rapid analysis of development governance across DAC donors for the UK post-merger.
Kategorien: english

Gender norms

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00

Our work on gender norms aims to enhance understanding of the informal rules that influence attitudes and behaviours and their impact on gender relations, equality and empowerment. Our research identifies underlying drivers of discriminatory and harmful norms and proposes evidence-informed pathways to gender justice. Underpinning our knowledge is a nuanced understanding of how gender-based rights can be realised in complex cultural and political contexts.

The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion programme works to place discriminatory norms on the agenda, identifying where and how they are detrimental – from keeping girls out of school to excluding women from decision-making – and identifying solutions in political, civil, social, legal and economic structures, alongside measures to enhance personal efficacy and agency.

Recent systematic reviews have covered media approaches to address gender norm change, the efficacy of girls’ clubs to promote empowerment and projects to promote positive masculinities for adolescent boys and young men. We host the Advancing Learning and Innovation in Gender Norms (ALIGN) platform, which connects practitioners, policy makers and researchers working to understand and find effective ways to change discriminatory norms, and acts as a hub for knowledge sharing.

Kategorien: english

Education

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00

Our work on education identifies good practices and innovative approaches that enhance gender equality in areas as varied as reducing financial barriers, curriculum reform, teacher training and system-strengthening. Our analysis examines how formal and informal education contributes to girls’ skills and wider agency, for example in life decisions such as marriage, and how education can better prepare young people for changing labour markets.

We also explore ways to mitigate threats to girls’ education in conflict-affected contexts and strategies to combat gender-based violence in schools. Our research explores the effectiveness of life skills education in helping both boys and girls develop gender-equitable attitudes and behaviour.

Recent work also brings together evidence on educational opportunities and outcomes for adolescents and young people with disabilities and the impact of anti-discrimination initiatives. Our work through the ALIGN platform explores routes to shifting harmful gender norms through school curricula and routes to supporting gender-equitable skills development, including girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Kategorien: english

Accountability dilemmas and collective approaches to communication and community engagement in Yemen

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00
This study explores how and to what extent collective approaches to communication and community engagement have – or have not – been implemented in Yemen.
Kategorien: english

‘All eyes are on local actors’: Covid-19 and local humanitarian action

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00
Will Covid-19 provide the catalyst to shift towards more local humanitarian action and leadership?
Kategorien: english

Four ways to prevent the Sustainable Development Goals becoming a casualty of Covid-19 responses

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00
The global Covid-19 response should not slow down our aims of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kategorien: english

Research during Covid-19: learning from practice

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00
We discuss how research and data collection has adapted to Covid-19 and what a new 'normal' should look like
Kategorien: english

Global consultation on youth and digital technologies in sub-Saharan Africa

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00
A global dialogue to produce recommendations for how organisations can support African youth to make the most of digital tech in a post-Covid-19 world.
Kategorien: english

Global consultation on youth and digital technologies in sub-Saharan Africa

14. Juli 2020 - 0:00
A global dialogue to produce recommendations for how organisations can support African youth to make the most of digital tech in a post-Covid-19 world.
Kategorien: english

Improving transparency of lending to sovereign governments

10. Juli 2020 - 0:00
This paper looks at how debt transparency can be strengthened.
Kategorien: english

It's time for the UK to reset its relationship with African countries

10. Juli 2020 - 0:00
The government must take note of a new House of Lords report by resetting economic relations and publishing an ambitious Africa strategy.
Kategorien: english

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