Global Resources

Accountability Upside Down: Gender Equality in a Partnership for Poverty Eradication

Author: M. van Reisen, M. Ussar
Publisher: Social Watch
Publication Date: Feb 2005
Until recently, projects or programmes were the principal mechanism through which donors provided development assistance to partner countries. Yet, with the introduction of new aid mechanisms, donor funds are increasingly being channelled to partner governments through direct budget support. This makes it increasingly difficult to track how much money is being spent on the promotion of gender equality in any given country. While traditional mechanisms for evaluating the impact of development aid on gender equality goals focused mainly on the extent to which programmes support activities to advance gender equality, these changes in the allocation of development aid require more results-based evaluation. Based on a sample of nine bilateral donors, this report demonstrates how inadequately gender is included in country programming and argues that there is an almost total absence of mechanisms for monitoring results or for evaluating if there has been any impact on gender equality goals. As one potential solution, this report presents a Gender Equality Index developed by Social Watch, which allows the measurement of progress or regression in gender equality in any one country.