Achieving Gender Equality through Climate Resilient Development of Water Infrastructure Investments
To transform gender inequalities at scale and promote gender-transformative planning, decision making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments in Africa.
+) Up to $ 300 Million total value of gender equal and climate resilient investments from government and private sources influenced.
+) 15 policies, plans and strategies influenced that integrate gender inclusion
+) 15 laws and regulations influenced that enhance gender equality in the access to land, control of assets and access to services
+) 12 investment plans and budget commitments influenced that target gender inclusive water security
+) 50 reports on innovative finance instruments including Public Private Partnerships for gender transformation in water investments
+) 50 women benefitting from the programme’s leadership training programme for women in science and engineering
+) Up to 60,000 beneficiaries supported in demonstration projects on gender transformation (based on headcount), with data disaggregated by sex and other social profiles such as age, disability, social class, etc.
Target group / Beneficiaries
Up to 1.2 Million people shall benefit from gender equal and climate resilient development (based on headcount), with data disaggregated by sex
Institutions and communities in up to 18 countries will be targeted in the program, of which approximately a third is envisaged to be financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation. The program focuses on Least Developed Countries in Africa and shall be implemented by the Global Water Partnership Organisation together with it regional and national partners in the target region.
•) Mobilise political commitment for gender-transformative action
•) Support institutional and societal level change to remove systemic barriers and power imbalances
•) Develop business case for institutional change in decision making and finance of water investments
•) Map practices, social norms and regulations governing access to and control of assets/ services
•) Increase women’s individual agency, decision making power, choices and access to information
•) Develop gender-transformative water investment index
•) Undertake social and gender analysis to assess opportunities, risks and impact of interventions on vulnerable groups disaggregated by sex, age and socio-economic class
•) Accelerate preparation and implementation of local projects, enhancing access to water investments
•) Establish gender responsive Monitoring & Evaluation systems
Across the continent, investment and institution building through water and climate change adaptation projects are typically not gender responsive or gender transformative. Gender inequality remains and continues unabated despite high level declarations at the African level. Unless gender equality is specifically targeted at systemic level, the increased urgency to accelerate water infrastructure on the continent will significantly exacerbate gender inequalities.