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Gender Mainstreaming in Development Cooperation Ireland Country Strategy Papers (CSP)

Author: C. Sever, R. Waterhouse
Publisher: Development Cooperation Ireland
Publication Date: Sep 2005
Development assistance is currently undergoing a shift from project-based funding to centralised support for national budgets. These new aid modalities are country-led and based on principles of donor coordination and policy dialogue. The main mechanisms for the new aid architecture are Sector Wide Approaches (SWAPs) where donor and national interventions are coordinated at the sectoral level, and support within the framework of countries' PRSP processes as Direct Budget Support (DBS). This report discusses the implications for gender mainstreaming in the context of the new forms of aid - in particular in the drawing up of Country Strategy documents. The paper begins by outlining the main opportunities for gender mainstreaming, including access to high level decision-making and policy dialogue. It then goes on to lay out the various challenges - the absence in many cases of good quality analysis and statistical data and the need for new gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation. The report then evaluates the process of drawing up Development Cooperation Ireland's Country Strategy Paper for Ethiopia and examines the document itself for its gender sensitivity. Recommendations are provided including the need to build staff competence, work with allies in civil society and national women's machineries and conduct well informed gender analysis.