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Assessment of the evidence of links between gender equality, peacebuilding and statebuilding: literature review

Publisher: Overseas Development Institute
Publication Date: Dec 2013

This report provides an overview of the knowledge base on gender-sensitive approaches to peace-building and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS). Although not a systematic review, it uses systematic principles of enquiry to assess the evidence. The assessment includes a review of the most relevant sources, identifying the key trends and findings in relevant academic and grey literature.

The main research questions include:

  • What do gender-responsive approaches in peace-building and state-building look like?
  • What impacts do gender-responsive approaches have on the peace-building and state-building goals of the international agenda, such as inclusivity, participation, responsiveness and accountability?
  • Do these approaches substantively enhance the advancement of gender equality goals in FCAS?

For the most part, the literature on peace-building and state-building does not address these research questions directly or explicitly. As such, the present review elicits relevant analytical and empirical findings by taking a closer look at key thematic and sectoral components of peace-building and state-building, and examining how gender-responsive approaches feature in these.

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