Evaluation of FAO’s Role and Work Related to Gender and Development
In 1989, for the first time FAO formally integrated in its work the recommendations emanating from international conferences for the advancement of women, including the 1985 Nairobi-Forward Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women. This was achieved by preparing the first of four successive plans of action: the first two plans aimed at the ‘Integration of Women in Development’, while the latter two re-focused their attention on Gender and Development, following the mandate of the Beijing Platform for Action to ensure that a gender perspective is reflected in all policies and programmes.
In 2009, as a follow up to one of the recommendations by the Independent External Evaluation of FAO, FAO’s new Strategic Framework included Strategic Objective K, ‘Gender equity in access to resources, goods, services and decision-making in the rural areas’.
The evaluation is complementary to a Gender Audit carried out in 2010. The Audit focused on the institutional analysis of gender mainstreaming in FAO at the launch of the new Strategic Framework with SO K, including staffing, procedures for gender mainstreaming and organizational capacity for gender analysis and mainstreaming. The Evaluation focuses on the past performance of FAO in mainstreaming gender in its technical work (field and normative), including the Gender Plan of Action and work carried out by the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division.
The evaluation is expected to be finalized in May 2011 and the report and management response will be reviewed by the Programme Committee at its October 2011 session.