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Gender and Development: Bridging the Gap between Research and Action

Author: B. McClafferty, A. R. Quisumbing
Publisher: International Food Policy Research Institute
Publication Date: Mar 2006
Why should development workers address gender issues? Aside from the fact that gender equality is a basic human right and integral to development - many disparities in development outcomes stem from gender differences. While practitioners are often knowledgeable about general development or technical issues, many lack the understanding and resources necessary to effectively integrate gender issues into specific projects and public policy. Gender considerations can affect the allocation, targeting, and control of resources; hence, an understanding of how resources are allocated within households can profoundly affect policies associated with the design and implementation of development projects. Recent research undertaken by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides both empirical evidence of the effects of gender and intrahousehold issues on development intervention outcomes, and specific guidance on how to incorporate research findings effectively into development projects and policy instruments. The challenge is to bridge the gap between research and action. The briefing notes that it is vitally important that all programmes and policy instruments are backed by rigorous research.