Gender Mainstreaming in Development Planning

A Reference Manual for Governments and Other Stakeholders

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This is one of the sectoral guides that are part of the Gender Management System (GMS) resource kit, a series of publications presenting GMS. GMS is an innovative system developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat for gender mainstreaming. The system is a comprehensive network of structures, mechanisms and processes for bringing a gender perspective to bear on all government policies, plans, programmes and projects. The kit consists of a handbook which presents the GMS in detail; sectoral guides to gender mainstreaming in specific sectors; and resource documents to assist the user in gender analysis, monitoring, evaluation and other aspects of gender mainstreaming. Each sectoral guide also has a corresponding Quick Guide a short, userfriendly publication presenting the essential points. It is designed for policymakers, planners, field staff and other government personnel involved in gender mainstreaming, as well as for academic users, NGOs, the private sector and others who have a stake in advancing gender equality and equity. This guide deals with development planning within a gender perspective.



Mainstreaming Gender in Planning Cycles

Attempts to mainstream gender into the planning sector should be located within country-specific political and administrative contexts. Gender policy should be integrated into organisational planning instruments such as budget lines, project criteria, operational tools, and day-to-day practice and procedures. The belief system and culture of the organisation will only change if policy is translated into democratic decision-making and a gender supportive work environment.


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