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To support the practical application of gender work, we've gathered together manuals, guides and toolkits that can illustrate how to approach the realities of working in the field. So when you need advice on best practice or the challenges practitioners face, see if we have a resource that can help.

Gender Training Manual for the Parliament of Ghana

Publisher: Parliamentary Centre, Canada 2009

“Engendering” parliaments entails raising awareness among all MPs, men and women, of the importance of taking gender into account – understanding how a society’s concept of “man” and “woman” leads to inequalities – in all actions, from policy-making to budget preparation through implementation and evaluation. 

This manual is the Parliamentary Centre’s contribution towards supporting parliamentarians to acquire knowledge on gender, and building skills for the effective promotion of gender equality in Ghana. The manual will also be of benefit to individuals who are interested in learning about gender and gender mainstreaming.

The specific objectives of the manual are to:

  • Provide information on gender and gender-related issues;
  • Help Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Staff to recognize and address gender equality issues;
  • Help Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Staff to promote gender equality in their work.

The expected outcome of this manual is to increase sensitization of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Parliamentary Staff on gender. It is also intended to build their capacities to mainstream gender into the core functions of parliament and its structures, in order to promote gender equality in…

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Women in agriculture: a toolkit for mobile services practitioners

Publisher: GSMA 2014
Author: M. O'Donnell

Agriculture is a major source of livelihood for most resource-poor populations in developing regions. Women play a core role in agriculture, but underperform in terms of productivity largely because they lack access to resources such as finance, skills training, and information services. To aid those seeking to address these issues, the GSMA mWomen and mAgri programmes have produced the Mobile Agricultural Services Toolkit as a guide for mobile operators, other mobile providers, and development practitioners to better serve women in this segment. It includes recommendations and tools for each stage of the product development process, as well as examples of good practices. The products and services in question include value-added services (information, advisory, matchmaking, or other), mobile financial services, and basic services (voice, SMS, and data) delivered via mobile phone. While the focus is broadly on Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, the framework may also be applied to other developing regions.

Among the examples given of innovative and effective mobile services currently being provided is the case of the African Radio Drama Association (ARDA) in Nigeria, who uses theatrical performances delivered through ‘radio listeners clubs’ to teach rural communities about climate change. ARDA’s Resource Kit provides valuable gender-sensitive guidelines for communicating with women…

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Tool: integrating women’s economic empowerment into M4P approaches

Publisher: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency 2013

Part of SIDA’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Series, this brief explains how to integrate women’s economic empowerment into approaches that are seeking to make markets work for the poor (M4P). M4P is an economic development strategy focused on making market systems work more efficiently, sustainably, and to the benefit of the poor as a way to reduce poverty for a large number of women and men. The tool provides a flexible framework that can be used to help think through complex economic and social issues, and facilitate locally-owned solutions in both the public and private sector.

An example of how M4P can create positive impacts through the integration of women’s economic empowerment is the Promoting Pro-Poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets project in Northern Nigeria, which provided an incentive that changed gender roles and responsibilities by linking women to a local microfinance provider. This allowed them to buy rice from farmers directly, when prices were low, store and parboil it, and then sell to millers when prices were higher. In Kano, the women had previously not owned the rice, and had only served as contract parboilers for a fee whenever the rice was brought to them. They increased their income simply by changing their role from contract parboilers to trader-parboilers. Impact studies showed that incomes went up and also that there was an increase in women’s sense of being in control, as they now owned the rice and were not dependent on the…

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Partners and allies: toolkit for meaningful adolescent girl engagement

Publisher: Coalition for Adolescent Girls 2015
Author: Jennifer Redner

Members of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG) created this toolkit as a resource for practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, researchers, donors and governments to engage adolescent girls as partners and allies in activities and structures of institutions, programs, and projects. The goal of this toolkit is to enable institutions, programs, and project teams to strategically and meaningfully engage girls as equal and active participants in the leadership and development of their communities, nations, and the world. This is not a program design toolkit; it is a comprehensive resource that will answer the why, how, and when related to safe and effective adolescent girl engagement.

By completing the Readiness Assessment Worksheet and Action Plan included in this toolkit, and reviewing and ensuring alignment with the theory of change, principles, strategies, and measurements discussed, users of this toolkit can make the case for engaging adolescent girls; improve established or develop new girl engagement processes; and assess the extent to which their institution, program, or project is ready to meaningfully engage girls. A series of case studies found in Appendix A provide illustrative examples of how programmers, advocates, and researchers have meaningfully engaged adolescent girls.

A number of case studies are provided, illustrating different examples of best practice and influential and positive outcomes. These include the Four Pillars Plus project, which works with girls in primary and secondary schools in Kenya and Nigeria to address the complex barriers to achieving their educational success through four interventions: scholarships, teacher professional development, mentoring, and community…

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Gender mainstreaming toolkit for water and sanitation actors: gender mainstreaming in the project cycle and within institutions

Publisher: UN-HABITAT 2008

This publication is a step towards strengthening the institutional and individual capacity to undertake gender mainstreaming in the water and sanitation programmes. It is in cognizance of the water sector commitment to implement gender-sensitive WATSAN management practices, and urgent need for capacity to realize this commitment. It is a practical guideline on how to mainstream gender and vulnerability concerns into institutional and programme/project development. It can also be used for conducting gender analysis. It contains the correct questions that need to be considered in determining the implications of the sector activities for women and men, girls and boys. 

The toolkit is prepared with a broader intention of helping water and sanitation sector actors across the board who are intending to integrate gender in their day to day activities. It has drawn much experience from the work of the UNHABITAT in water and sanitation but has also incorporated a wide range of other sector actors’ experiences including that of Gender and Water Alliance. has greatly contributed to given their valuable contribution to the gender mainstreaming in the water and sanitation sector globally. The toolkit has been simplified to ensure easy use by staff in program management, technical work and monitoring and evaluation among others. 

The toolkit provices nuemrous case studies illustrating the need for gender mainstreaming. For instance, in the survey of low-income neighbourhoods, and in interviews with an average of 400 poor women in Longwa, Gwarandok and Fudawa, in Jos, Nigeria, 52 percent of the women said they were never consulted about the siting of the water standpoints; 70 percent of women showed readiness to acquire skills for water harvesting, drip irrigation, and forestation should these be available; and in most projects, women were not consulted on decisions concerning the site, budget, or formulation of the scheme, and its operation and…

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Rural Poverty Portal Nigeria

Publisher: International Fund for Agricultural Development 2016

Despite Nigeria’s plentiful agricultural resources and oil wealth, poverty is widespread in the country and has increased since the late 1990s. Some 70 per cent of Nigerians live on less than US$1.25 a day. Poverty is especially severe in rural areas, where up to 80 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, and social services and infrastructure are limited. The country’s poor rural women and men depend on agriculture for food and income. Women play a major role in the production, processing and marketing of food crops, and yet women, and households headed solely by women, are often the most chronically poor members of rural communities. Additionally, in recent decades the number of men migrating from rural areas in search of employment has increased, and the number of households headed solely by women has grown substantially.

To help collate information about rural poverty, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) created the Rural Poverty Portal, a website where rural poor people, policy-makers, donors, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and other development partners can share information about eradicating rural poverty. This country profile of Nigeria from within the portal provides readers with a country and government overview, information on approaches, policies, and strategies, project and programme information, testimonials, and statistics and links to other resources. Users can also use the portal to search for other countries and…

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SME toolkit Nigeria

Publisher: Pan Atlantic University 2016

A program of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Enterprise Development Services (EDS), an initiative of Pan-African University located at the Lekki Campus of Lagos Business School, SME Toolkit Nigeria offers free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The toolkit provides resources across a wide range of topics, including: accounting and finance; business planning; human resources; legal and insurance issues; marketing and sales; operations; technology; women entrepreneurs; and customer service.

The mission of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilises capital in the international financial markets, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and…

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Paralegal toolkit on improving women’s access to justice in Northern Nigeria

Publisher: Global Rights 2010

Access to justice is an essential component of protecting and enforcing human rights. Vulnerable groups in particular are more susceptible to human rights abuses where they do not have adequate access to justice mechanisms. As such, Global Rights commenced a paralegal program in Northern Nigeria to bridge the gap, and afford indigent women access to legal aid. This toolkit is part of the materials developed by Global Rights to provide trained paralegals with roadmaps for aiding women at police stations and within the court systems, taking them through the personnel, functional and procedural steps at these institutions.

The unique aspect of this initiative is that it caters to both the formal and informal justice systems as well as the Sharia legal system, where women have been largely underserved. Global Rights, whose programs address governance failures that exacerbate the disenfranchisement and the violations of the rights of the poor and marginalised, women and victims of discrimination. believes that this intervention will not only promote the rule of law, but will also reduce poverty and build long-term peace and…

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Gender equality in and through education: INEE pocket guide to gender

Publisher: Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies 2010
Author: S. Foran

Quality education for all is a fundamental human right, a protection mechanism and a catalyst for personal and social development. In crisis contexts, a gender-responsive education system is crucial to ensure male and female learners of all ages have access to quality, relevant and protective educational opportunities. In these contexts, educational needs change, and different barriers for boys and girls are often apparent with girls usually experiencing the greater disadvantage.

This Inter-Agency Network for Education (INEE) Pocket Guide to Gender builds upon the foundational principles and standards codified within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Handbook, and the INEE Minimum Standards, to provide practical guidance and strategies to put gender equality efforts into action. This pocket guide is for designed for anyone working to provide, manage or support education services as part of emergency preparedness, response or recovery, whether with governments, private schools, non-government organisations or international agencies. It has been written with education practitioners, including those involved in Education Clusters and other coordination or sector working groups, in mind, but the principles and advice should also be useful for others.

The pocket guide first outlines useful principles for a gender-responsive approach to guide all education programming, and provides responses to some of the most common misconceptions and arguments against gender-responsive education. It then gives concrete strategies and actions for putting gender equality into practice in the major domains of education in emergencies. Finally, key gender terms and a selection of resources are listed at the end of the pocket…

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Gender and conflict analysis toolkit for peacebuilders

Publisher: Conciliation Resources 2015
Author: S. Tielemans

Integrating gender into conflict analysis can increase the inclusivity and effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. It does this by enhancing the understanding of underlying gender power relations and how these influence and are affected by armed conflict and peacebuilding. It sheds light on the drivers of conflict, (potential) agents and opportunities for peace, as well as practices of exclusion and discrimination including in peacebuilding interventions themselves. The gender & conflict analysis toolkit by Conciliation Resources, an independent international organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence, resolve conflicts and promote peaceful societies, is designed for peacebuilders and provides practical guidance to peacebuilding practitioners on using gender and conflict analysis.

Conciliation Resources’ intention in producing this toolkit is to fill a gap in guidance available to peacebuilding practitioners on how to do gender-sensitive conflict analysis and to provide this in an accessible way, sharing insights from our own work. The toolkit can be used in a variety of ways: to deepen understanding of the concept of gender; to conduct peace and conflict analysis in a given context; or as conflict analysis training materials. This toolkit is based on Conciliation Resources’ experience in conflict-affected contexts and draws on our participatory approach to conflict analysis. It was developed over a two-year time frame and informed by research, reflection and discussion, involving various colleagues and partners and also numerous external…

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