5.1 Gender analysis and assessment in the Center’s development

Needs identification and design

  • What are the special needs of men and women for ICTs related to the project? Have both men’s and women’s needs been considered in defining project objectives? Have both men and women participated in setting these objectives and expectations?
  • What is the gendered division of labour in the target population of the project? Are there ways in which the ICTs employed in the project would increase men’s and women’s productivity and learning, or their access to, and control of, resources?
  • What are the constraints that might block men or women from equitable participation in the center? Are there barriers and constraints that might affect men’s or women’s access to opportunities, resources, and decision-making?
  • Has the impact of the project on gender divisions in the target population been considered? Are there any ways in which it might adversely affect women’s situations? If any negative impacts are foreseen, can the project be adjusted to overcome them?

Project preparation

  • Have women representatives, gender-aware organizations and community members been consulted in the project planning process?
  • Are the project design team and implementation staff, especially those concerned with ICT delivery, gender aware? If not, might they benefit from gender-awareness training?
  • Have efforts been made to recruit gender-balanced staff and consultants?
  • Is there a gender expert on the project team?

Project implementation

  • Does the project include measures to equalize opportunities and access for both men and women?
  • If it is likely that women would be under-represented in project activities, are there specific actions that target women?
  • Are the institutions that will deliver services under the project gender-aware?
  • Do men and women have equitable access to project ICT resources, including credit, training and facilities?
  • Can partnerships be built to enhance outreach and improve access to ensure gender equality?
  • Are regular consultations held with all key stakeholders?

Project monitoring and evaluation

  • What measures are in place to capture user feedback from men and women?
  • Will project-monitoring data be disaggregated by gender?
  • Have indicators been identified that can be measured with gender-disaggregated data?
  • Is gender analysis included in the terms of reference of the evaluation team?
  • Is the evaluation team gender-balanced?
  • Will gender-disaggregated data and indicators be collected and analyzed?

Measuring Outcomes

  • Are any gender-positive outcomes anticipated? Among the possible gender-positive outcomes that might result from ICT projects are the following:
  • Improving opportunities for men and women to access, use and benefit from ICTs
  • Fostering shared control over decision-making and resources related to ICTs
  • Improvement in women's income from the use of ICTs in the project
  • More women using ICTs (more) as a result of the project
  • Increased access to relevant information for women and men.