The Socio-economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA) is an approach elaborated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop the capacity of development specialists and humanitarian officers to incorporate socio-economic and gender analysis into development initiatives and rehabilitation interventions.

  • SEAGA is incorporated into training programmes and provides field workers, development planners and policy makers with practical tools including handbooks and guides on gender analysis in specific sectors. These delineate methodologies to ensure that projects, programmes and policies are built in collaboration with beneficiaries and address the needs and priorities of both men and women and of disadvantaged people.

  • At the field level, the SEAGA Field Handbook gives workers the tools to elicit the participation of men and women from local communities in the development process. A pocket document is available for workers in emergency humanitarian interventions with key analytical questions for promoting a participatory needs assessment and targeting.

  • SEAGA’s Intermediate Handbook is designed for development planners in the public and private sectors to help them identify the links between policies and grassroot priorities and to assess their institution’s organisational mechanism from a gender perspective.

  • For policy and decision-makers working at the international and national levels, SEAGA’s Macro Handbook facilitates gender mainstreaming in programmes and policies and provides a conceptual framework, methods and tools that support participatory development planning.

  • A series of technical guides are available to support gender mainstreaming in different areas such as water management in agriculture, microfinance, livestock and emergency and rehabilitation programmes. To access these, see the full list of publications.

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Ilaria Sisto
Training Officer