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Passport to mainstreaming gender in water programmes. Key questions for interventions in the agricultural sector

The purpose of the passport is to support them in mainstreaming a gender perspective during planning, implementation and management of agricultural water management projects and programmes. This implies assessing the implications of any intervention on women and men, girls and boys, through a participatory approach, while designing gender sensitive interventions. The expected outcome is improved performance of water management projects and systems, while strengthening the position of rural women or other disadvantaged groups.

The passport is designed to be a rapid appraisal tool to identify the main gender-related problems and gaps that require attention during the design, implementation and monitoring of a project or programme. If the project is at the planning and design stages it will help to integrate the concerns and needs of men and women in the future services that will be provided to users.

Similarly, the passport can be used in operational projects to identify the gender aspects of existing problems, and provide inputs for an improvement plan with tangible solutions that address the needs and priorities of the water users and the local stakeholders. Six key issues related to water projects or programmes for agriculture are outlined and some questions are formulated for each one of them. Not all questions will be relevant to every project or programme and we therefore advise the user to focus on those questions that are pertinent to the local context and the type and phase of the project. Together with the target group of the project, the user can propose solutions or corrective actions to the identified problems within the local sociocultural context and available human and financial resources. 

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