Developing Nations

This document is about the important role of gender mainstreaming in the microfinance work conducted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD works to ensure that poor rural women and men are empowered to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. Rural microfinance is one way to work toward this goal. This guide is intended as an overview of gender issues for rural finance practitioners. 

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The force of the current: Watershed management from a gender equity perspective

The complexity of social, economic, political, and environmental processes intertwined in watersheds requires innovative analysis approaches that take into consideration the diversity of interests and needs of the populations that interact with the natural resources in the geographic spaces of the watersheds. The efforts to develop a gender approach to this analysis respond to the need to open equity venues and opportunities between women and men. 

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Guidelines on renewable energy technologies for women in rural and informal urban areas

The guidelines on renewable energy technologies for women in rural and informal urban areas seek to inform women as key actors about the different potential uses of renewable energies in many areas of their daily lives. Along with hands-on guidance on how to assess available renewable energy technologies, these guidelines are intended to support women in their effort to choose renewable energy technologies appropriate to their particular situations. 

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This report if the product of a review led by the Global Gender Office of IUCN conducted on instruction of the Climate Infestment Funds Administrative Unit. The objectives of this review were to develop recommendations to help pilot countries and project teams integrate gender into their work and to identify where further progress is needed.

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Gender and Bioenergy

This factsheet explains the relationships between gender roles and bioenergy. Women from poor regions rely heavily on traditional biomass systems to obtain the essential energy for their households. Women are also responsible for cooking using this biomass, putting them at risk to diseases caused by indoor air pollution.

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