Gender and international finance institutions
The aim of this guide is to assist Civil Society Organization (CSOs) activists in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia (ECA) region to readily identify investment projects and programmes carried out by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) that are likely to have detrimental gender impacts and influence them, through advocacy work during the project preparation, as well as through compliance mechanisms. The Guide addresses several of the IFIs active in the region, including the World Bank Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank, as well as the European Union financial instruments – the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the Development Cooperation Instrument.
The guide consists of an overview of the gender relevant policy framework and initiatives at IFIs and a simple gender checklist which should help CSOs in determining whether gender considera- tions have been addressed during the preparation and implementation of IFI-financed projects and programmes. The checklist is divided into three parts:
- broad gender considerations during the project/programme preparation, monitoring and evaluation stages,
- gender issues that need to be addressed during the assessment of projects in particular sectors
- an overview of gender assessment tools, different methodologies and gender sensitive indicators.