Influencing Action


Thought leadership in action.

AGENT’s outreach and advocacy activities have impact. From influencing investments, to new areas of research and to strengthened environmental policy setting, AGENT makes the case for gender integration across environmental sectors and programming. These impacts help advance gender integration throughout sustainable development initiatives, policies, projects, and partnerships — prioritizing a world that values gender-responsive policy and action.


Making the case snapshots

Effective advocacy. Policy influence. Tracking change.

From influencing gender-responsive environmental policy and procurements, to inspiring new incentive funds, IUCN’s work through AGENT works towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all. Review selected examples of change AGENT has influenced:

Inspired investments: Addressing gender-based violence and environment linkages

Through its two-year research process, IUCN advised and informed the creation of a global challenge on Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments (RISE). In its first round of funding, over 170 applications were submitted from 49 countries. With five projects awarded grants, and a second tranche of funding underway, the RISE challenge aims to address GBV in environmental programmes and generate evidence on promising interventions. IUCN extends its influence and expertise by supporting grantees with technical information and support.

Intensified evidence-building: Women's empowerment and sustainable fisheries

IUCN’s partnership on exploring gender and fisheries connections in Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender and Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunities found a critical information gap: existing documentation rarely establishes the case for why and how gender integration can improve sustainability. To connect this case with the gender equality goals, USAID has invested in a Learning Initiative on Women’s Empowerment, Access to Finance, and Sustainable Fisheries.

Bolstered private-public-partnerships: Toward equitable and sustainable landscapes

AGENT produced a resource guide  providing information and strategies on how to best ensure the inclusion of women and marginalized peoples throughout key commodity sectors, such as palm oil, soy, beef and paper. The guide has reached over 100 decision-makers in commodity companies, governments, and nonprofits and is being used by the Tropical Rainforest Alliance in to inform its jurisdictional work. It is also being used as a model for sharing best practice experiences, resources and policy guidance by USAID, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), UN Women and others.

Informed funds: Building gender-responsive fisheries investments

Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender and Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunities> has not only supported numerous successful gender-responsive proposals to advance gender and fisheries goals, but is also influencing investment portfolios. The Blue Action Fund, a conservation trust fund dedicated to supporting marine protected areas and coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia, has based a call for a gender mainstreaming guide on the IUCN-USAID guide.

Amplified messaging and thought leadership on gender and environment linkages

AGENT provides trusted and reliable talking points for senior IUCN and USAID leadership, highlighting the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment towards equitable, sustainable development goals. These statements help establish the commitment of the partnership towards ensuring environmental decision-making, benefit sharing, and livelihood opportunities take gender-differentiated impacts and prospects into account.

Amplified investments in gender equality: Protecting biodiversity in Guatemala

As a part of its technical support work, IUCN provided gender analysis support to the Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project that spans El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Developed through inclusive engagement from women in its project sites and experienced guidance from IUCN, the gender analysis has been used as rich contextual input in a US$ 50 million USAID project on protecting biodiversity in Guatemala.

Strengthened national gender-responsive resilience planning in the Dominican Republic

Identifying and then taking steps to address gender gaps in environmental decision-making, programming and projects is essential to ensure resilience and well-being for whole communities – not least in the context of a changing climate. In 2019, culminating a multi-year multi-stakeholder process, USAID collaborated with IUCN to support the Government of the Dominican Republic to launch its national Climate  Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) together with the USAID Dominican Republic Mission. Today, the ccGAP is implemented and supported as a part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Robust national action: Addressing gender across Peru's environment sectors

In 2017, the Peru Climate Change Gender Action Plan was formally adopted by the national government. Facilitated by IUCN under its AGENT partnership with USAID, the Peru ccGAP is influencing the strategies and coordination of the USAID Peru Mission with other development agencies across sectors. The ccGAP has also been included in USAID’s Green Infrastructure for Water Security programme which invests $US 15 million to support scaling up green infrastructure to manage water risks in Peru. The ccGAP has also been included in the Amazonic Plan for Climate Change and supported the Ministry of Environment’s work on involving women in its measures on Integrated Water Resources Management. The ccGAP also led to the designation of gender focal points in the Ministry of Environment on renewable energy issues.

Increased gender integration in gender and renewable energy: Energizing equality

AGENT research on gender in national energy frameworks and policies is influencing numerous international policy spheres, with findings being incorporated into Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) >A subsequent regional data analysis report on sub-Saharan Africa’s integration of gender equality principles in national energy policies and frameworks is being put to good use, as Power Africa has input the raw data into country profiles to inform potential partnerships and investments about the status of gender equality in a country’s energy sector.

Enhanced innovations in gender-responsive project design

Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender and Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunitieshas led to numerous requests from organizations like the World Bank, PROBLUE, Blue Venture, Ocean Alliance and more. In particular, the guide has informed a Shared Resources, Joint Solutions project in Cambodia, which is piloting a new model for community fisheries development build upon innovative conservation finance, strengthened gender equality, increased food security and improved livelihoods in the freshwater fisheries sectors of the Tonle Sap and Mekong.

Recognized thought leadership on gender and environment issues

Throughout the life of the partnership to date, AGENT has developed over 100 internal and public white papers, reports, guides, new data packages, briefs, factsheets, webinars, slide packs, curated reading lists, talking points and more. Publicly available tools have been accessed over 49,000 times while internal tools have advised USAID on how gender and environment issues are addressed in gender policy as well as its work to update Regional and Country Development Cooperation Strategies.

Established connections: Gender and renewable energy linkages

Based on the first white paper of its kind on gender and renewable energy linkages, in 2016, AGENT created the first global initiative addressing gender and mid- to large-scale energy. The resulting Gender and Renewable Energy (G-REEN) network was led by an expert working group of more than 100 leaders who have facilitated next-step and next-trend discourse with over 900 practitioners. G-REEN has been cited by Forbes Magazine as a top resource on gender and renewable energy and tools have informed USAID energy and infrastructure procurements.

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