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Harvard Analytical Framework

Developer or Source: Harvard Institute for International Development, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The Harvard Analytical Framework is a gender planning framework which aims to a) demonstrate the economic rationale for investing in women, b) assist planners to design more efficient projects and improve productivity, c) emphasize the importance of better information to meet the efficiency/equity goal, (d) map the work of men and women in the community and highlight key differences. The framework consists of a matrix for collecting data on the community and household level. The matrix is composed of (a) an activity profile of who does what, (b) an access and control profile identifying resources for accomplishing work in the activity profile, (c) analysis of influencing factors charting factors that impact gender differences, and (d) a project cycle analysis. The framework also contains checklists of key questions for each project cycle (identification, design, implementation, and evaluation).

Sectors and Topics: Gender
Scale: Project-Level
Expertise Level: Practitioner
Resource Type: Guidance and Frameworks, Analysis Tools
Inputs Needed: Information on gender roles Access to resources Factors impacting gender differences Women's involvement in project identification, design, implementation, and evaluation
Outputs Provided: Economic rationale for investing in women Increased efficiency and productivity of project design Importance of better information for meeting efficiency and equity goals Map of work of men and women in community and associated differences
Languages: English
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