Synthesis Documents

A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development, ILO, 2007

    The Guide provides:

    1. A framework and methodology for Gender Equitable Value Chain Action Learning (GEVCAL) which combines 'push-up' and 'pull-up' approaches and builds sustainable capacity and networks for ongoing Value Chain Development.

    2. Practical examples of gender issues and gender 'Good Practice' in different types of VCD processes, from 'pull-up' private sector development processes focusing on economic growth to more 'push-up' participatory processes focusing on Decent Work and women's empowerment.

    3. Details of how the gender framework and methodology can be adapted at different stages of VCD to address gender issues: design, research and analysis, action strategy and implementation and accountability.

    4. A core checklist for gender analysis which can be adapted for use in all types of Value Chain Development, based on internationally accepted gender mainstreaming principles, definitions, and insights from women entrepreneurs in the initial pilot phase in Ethiopia and Kenya.

    5. Diagram tools which can be used in VCDs of all types and at all levels (policy makers to women who cannot read and write) for planning, complex analysis and research and monitoring and evaluation. They help build participant analytical and research capabilities and networks, and increases communication between different stakeholders for subsequent implementation, monitoring and sustainability of VCD.

    The Guide is organised as follows:

    Part 1 gives an overview of different types of VCD process, gender principles and concepts that apply to all VCD processes. It provides an outline of the framework, principles and process for GEVCAL.

    Part 2 looks at issues in gender-inclusive design: preliminary mapping, scoping and design of a multi-stakeholder participatory process.

    Part 3 Looks at issues in gender-accurate research

    Part 4 examines issues in developing gender-equitable VCD strategies

    Part 5 looks at issues in gender-accountable implementation and building participatory information systems for ongoing monitoring and evaluation

    Part 6 gives practical guidelines in how the diagram techniques for mapping and analysis introduced in the Guide can be used and adapted for use with different stakeholders at different stages of value chain analysis and development.