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01 Jun 2008 - 13:29
The Paris Declaration is Gender Blind
I'd like to add this resource to the Forum on the Future of Aid. I haven't examined this resource in detail but hope it will stimulate some discussion, given that the gender tag in the different resource categories is relatively small, and that a search on 'gender' on the FFA site yielded next to nothing.

Priyanthi Fernando
Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka

The Paris Declaration and gender: the need to strengthen women’s rights in aid effectiveness

Authors: C. Alemany; N. Craviotto; F. Hopenhaym. Publisher: Canadian Council for International Co-operation , 2008. This paper analyses the implications for the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality in respect of the Paris Declaration (PD). It analyses the Five Principles of the Paris Declaration, looks at new aid modalities in the PD framework, and evaluates the current PD monitoring and evaluation system from a gender perspective.

The authors assert that the PD is gender blind, and as a result, fundamentally flawed. They argue that a more holistic approach is essential – one that integrates parallel efforts (such as those by several donors to analyse in depth the relationship between aid effectiveness and gender equality) as part of the monitoring of the impact of the Paris Declaration. Women’s organisations are also concerned with the fact that no gender equality indicators are included.

Recommendations to strengthen a gender equality dimension in the PD's aid effectiveness agenda include: * donors and governments should deliver on their commitments to the International Human Rights Frameworks and key agreements on women’s rights and development; * democratic ownership and women’s participation in the aid effectiveness agenda must be a strengthened; * gender equality should be included in the monitoring and evaluation of the PD; * develop guidelines and tools on the contribution of the new aid modalities to national obligations to gender equality; * next steps should include the promotion of the centrality of gender equality and women’s rights as a development goal for aid effectiveness.
Language: English
April 15, 2008

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