SIGI Index Afrika 2019-2021

Contract partner: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Country: Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 500.119,00 Project start: 01.09.2019 End: 31.12.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall objective is to improve the rights and well-being of women and girls in Africa and to advance gender equality through the elimination of gender-based discrimination in social institutions and engagement of men and boys (SDG 5).

Expected results

The expected results of this project are

1. to build a robust evidence base on gender equality in Africa;

2. to improve knowledge sharing to strengthen regional capacity in three African sub-regions;

3. to foster policy dialogue and to integrate the evidence into future policies targeting gender equality in three African sub-regions by applying a social norms lens to women’s and men’s behaviours.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The immediate target group of the project will be around 120 African policy-makers, members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Regional Institutions as well as researchers, development cooperation and development practitioners. The ultimate and long-term beneficiaries of this project will be women and girls, men and boys of Africa, who will benefit from improved and informed policymaking on gender equality.


The purpose of the project is to identify and close knowledge gaps concerning reasons that slow the progress of African countries’ fulfillment of commitments towards gender equality. The project will specifically focus on discriminatory laws, social norms and practices that restrict women’s rights and reinforce “toxic masculinities“, and notably damage women’s physical integrity, including Violence Against Women (VAW), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and restrictions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The project will produce one SIGI regional report on Africa, three SIGI sub-regional policy briefs, and one scoping paper on multiple masculinities. The report, brief and paper will build the basis for regional knowledge sharing and strengthening of regional capacity through four regional policy dialogues with relevant stakeholders.


The OECD Development Centre’s gender programme is producing data and evidence-based analysis to feed policy dialogue on the root causes of gender inequality. It focuses on discriminatory social institutions, i.e. formal and informal laws, social norms and practices that exclude women and girls and consequently curtail their empowerment opportunities, in line with Agenda 2030. The OECD Development Centre’s research, analysis and policy dialogue tools have significantly contributed to shaping global understandings of the structural barriers to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. Through its unique cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), the OECD Development Centre has provided vital new evidence and perspectives on emerging topics on gender and development, including migration, unpaid care work and gender data collection and analysis. To date, the OECD Development Centre’s data and analysis on gender equality is widely used by the international development community, researchers and policymakers in support of women’s and girls’ empowerment. The SIGI’s impact includes greater awareness and integration of social norms within development strategies, notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and stronger partnerships between civil society, governments and the development community.

project number 2713-00/2019
source of funding OEZA
sector Andere soziale Infrastruktur und Leistungen
tied 500119
modality Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.