Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) Thematic Review: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Summary of publication
The 2014 Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) Thematic Review focused on the theme of gender equality and women's empowerment. Designed to facilitate collaborative learning, the Review's purpose was to provide an insight into how gender equality and women's empowerment is addressed in ANCP supported projects in Timor Leste and Vanuatu; and identify opportunities for shared learning to better target gender equality and women's empowerment.
The key findings indicated that ANCP NGOs most able to demonstrate a contribution toward gender equality and women's empowerment were those presenting a strong organisational (internal) commitment and operational framework for actioning gender in their (external) programming. However, a number of challenges were identified including, translation of gender terminology in certain contexts, familiarity with gender tools, challenges for faith-based organisations, and unrealistic timeframes and expectations. The 'ways forward' section articulates actions to help address these issues for ANCP NGOs and the broader NGO sector.