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Jane Carter, March 2016 0

Men’s perspectives on International Women’s Day

The blog posting on this date last year furnished observations from our gender and social equity focal persons in Bolivia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nepal, and Vietnam on how International Women’s Day is celebrated in their countries. This year, I thought I’d ask some (unfairly selected) male colleagues what they think of 8th March – from a

Nathalie Gunasekera, March 2016 0

The Business Case for Women

The three youth employment in the Western Balkans (EYE, MarketMakers &RisiAlbania) all share a common goal: greater participation of women in the workforce. Yet the term gender often resonates little with the projects’ partners who mainly represent the private sector.  For many of them gender is a fluffy, cute-little-donor-imposed-add-on which bears little practical consequences for

Sarah Byrne, February 2016 3

Engaging religious authorities as advocates: experiences from Afghanistan

“Religious leaders have a say in almost all aspects of life” – my colleague Khalid’s assessment of the influence of religious leaders’ moral authority in rural Afghanistan is comprehensive. In many of the contexts in which we work, religious leaders have remained somewhat outside of the “comfort zone” of development organisations (particularly non-denominational ones). The

Jane Carter, February 2016 0

Girls’ initiation rites in Mozambique: opposing views

This week I have been reading through documents from an EU-funded project supporting women’s empowerment in Northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province – an area that I visited back in May 2014. The project, Ocupali, is at the end of its three year phase, so it is time to draw out lessons learned. The most obvious

Jane Carter, January 2016 2

Testing our assumptions in Kyrgyzstan

January is a good month for lunchtime talks… Yesterday we had Lucie Kufova, Masters student at Fribourg University, presenting her research into gender aspects in water governance in Kyrgyzstan. Lucie was hosted by our SEP project over five weeks last summer through our Junior Research Fund. This small fund allows a few students per year

Jane Carter, January 2016 5
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Monitoring changing lives: Dalit women in Nepal

Our sporadic series of lunchtime talks got off to a good start this year with a presentation of an Impact Assessment of the Employment Fund in Nepal, a large project managed by Helvetas and financially supported by SDC, DFID and the World Bank. We have an organisational commitment to organise two or three rigorous Impact