Gender Integration Guidance Note for Climate Investment Fund Projects

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Guidance and Frameworks
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Climate Investment Funds (CIFs)

This guidance sheet highlights good practices for gender integration in the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) project design. It starts from CIF’s commitment to support transformational change and climate-smart development for both women and men and builds on the requirements for gender integration in the project design, set out by the CIF Gender Policy and the gender policies of multilateral development banks (MDB).

The guidance lays out three basic steps to CIF project teams for effective gender integration: (i) conducting a sector-specific analysis to identify gender gaps in opportunities and outcomes relevant to project objectives; (ii) planning specific actions to address those gaps; and (iii) defining how progress on those actions and their impacts will be measured, using specific gender indicators, including sex-disaggregated indicators. To improve the quality of gender integration, projects should ensure that a clear results chain is established between the three steps—analysis, actions, and indicators. Examples are provided for each step and different project types.

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