Results — Gender mainstreaming in the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs
The purpose of this evaluation study was to examine the extent to which gender aspects have been taken into account in policy development, implementation and evaluation.
In 2015, the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs (IOB) published its report Gender sense & sensitivity: Policy evaluation on women's rights and gender equality (2007-2014). This policy evaluation dealt with the Dutch international gender policy and its three, mutually reinforcing, elements: (i) strengthening women’s and civil society organisations that are committed to women’s rights and promoting female leadership; (ii) gender diplomacy and (iii) gender mainstreaming, which integrates a gender perspective throughout the policy cycle, i.e. in the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all policies, regulations and expenditures to counter unconscious and/or structural inequalities between men and women (see figure 1). The report concluded, amongst others, that the ministry had not shown sufficient leadership and had lacked the knowledge, skills and means to really put the Dutch gender mainstreaming policy into practice. IOB’s first recommendation was therefore that the time had come ‘to move beyond rhetoric and to start making gender mainstreaming ... a reality and that gender issues should be included in the design and implementation of all policies, programmes and projects, and not just in those dealing with women or sexual reproductive health and rights’.
How and to what extent has gender been mainstreamed in Dutch foreign policy and development aid and what do we know of the results accomplished?
Now five years later, IOB investigated what follow-up has been given to this recommendation. Using the policy cycle as the framework, this document captures the main findings of this evaluation that addresses two main questions: (1) How and to what extent has gender been mainstreamed in Dutch foreign policy and development aid since 2015 and what do we know of the results accomplished? and (2) Which actions does IOB recommend to undertake in order to further enhance gender mainstreaming throughout the Ministry?
Report — Gender mainstreaming in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This report underscores the importance of gender mainstreaming. The question is what has happened since the last publcation about ...
Terms of Reference – Review of gender mainstreaming in foreign and development cooperation policy
In these Terms of Refernce IOB outlines its upcoming review of the gender mainstreaming policy in Dutch foreign and development ...