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The value added of joint gender programmes: findings and recommendations to the wider community of UN agencies

The MDG Achievement Fund was designed to provide support through funding ‘windows’ linked thematically to the eight MDGs. The ‘Gender Window’ was allocated focused on gender equality and empowerment of women (MDG-3). This review demonstrated that Gender Window programmes were innovative in their approaches: designs were diverse and strategies interlinked and implemented through groupings of activities tailored to national needs and capacities. All 13 programmes displayed a common purpose and cohesion by aiming to meet the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) performance indicators for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and aligning with the United Nations Development Assistant Frameworks (UNDAFs) and national development plans.

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Review of MDG-F joint programmes: key findings and achievements

The review presents the key findings and achievements of the 130 joint programmes across 50 countries supported by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) covering eight thematic areas: children, food security and nutrition; youth employment and migration; culture and development; gender equity and women’s empowerment; private sector and development; conflict prevention and peace building; environment and climate change; and democratic economic governance.

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Making joint gender programmes work: guide for design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

This Guide has been designed to help the UN system, including UN Country Teams, Gender Theme Groups, UN entities and national stakeholders to improve the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of joint gender programmes.The Guide compiles best practices and lessons learned from recent experiences in this area of programming to support the UN system in addressing gender equality challenges.

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Freedom from violence

This report contains lessons learned and good practices from the Joint Programmes of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment thematic window of the MDG Achievement Fund that worked towards eradicating gender based violence.

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Increased participation in decision making

This document presents lessons and results of specific relevance to shaping the post-2015 development framework in regards to increasing women’s role in decision-making in public and private institutions, as well as in families and communities. It presents case studies of 9 different programmes implemented in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Timor-Leste, Panama and the State of Palestine. Each case identifies the the key actors, objectives, strategy, results, sustainability analysis and lessons learned.

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Advancing gender equality: promising practices, experiences from the MDG Fund

This overview presents lessons and results of specific relevance to shaping the post-2015 development framework. It contains lessons to enhance knowledge of both why results for gender equality and women’s empowerment are critical to advance an overall development agenda, as well as practical examples of how to make this a reality. As a result of the joint programmes, 20 promising practices have been identified. WIth a view to inform evidence-based policy and programming in support of women’s rights and gender equality, this Global Compendium presents the main findings of such analyses, including progress and results achieved, lessons learned from each programme and its sustainability, scaling up and replication potential. The in depth analyses of the case studies are in separate documents uploaded on the library under the names “Freedom From Violence,” “Improved Capabilities and Resources,” and “Increased Participation in Decision-Making.

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Gender equality and women’s empowerment: MDG-F thematic study

This report sets out to capture the main achievements and results of the 13 Joint Programmes (JPs) within the thematic window on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment of the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund. The work on this thematic area was initiated with the outcomes of the Joint Programmes expected to have an accelerating influence on both the achievement of national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals.

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Operationalizing gender aspects in the creative industries support programme in Cambodia

The document analyses gender aspects in the value chains targeted by the MDG-F’s Creative Industries Support Program (CISP) by identifying the issues affecting gender equality. The first section provides an overview of the situation of women in the economy, the second chapter includes the analysis of the value chains supported by CISP and a summary of few stakeholders engaged in gender and women entrepreneurship development. The third section incorporates the conclusions of the focus group discussions and the interviews conducted. Finally, the last part contains recommendations and actions that if implemented would improve CISP’s impact on achieving gender equality in the cultural industries value chains. Even if challenges met by women are usually the same as men but still, women are worse off due to less access to education and training, gender discrimination, and gender norms that assign women a lower status than men. Special consideration should be given to these women who have demonstrated success and should be used as role models, increasing the recognition and respect for women’s contribution to the overall economy.

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Committing to the future of Bangladesh: joint programme to address violence against women

The MDG-F Joint Programme to address Violence against Women was a comprehensive batch of interventions contributing to the prevention of violence and addressing the treatment and rehabilitation needs of survivors. It was designed to channel all outputs through existing government structures using clear and consistent procedures, with a strong monitoring mechanisms to ensure quality control. This document is filled with lessons learned and recommends that certain actions be scaled up, enhanced and replicated in future programmes. It provides criteria that should be met for future interventions addressing Violence against Women and cites examples, case studies, challenges faced and offers steps forward for each issue encountered.

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Mainstreaming gender equality concerns in Palestinian cooperatives

This policy brief presents the summary of a study from the International Labour Organization (ILO) on women cooperatives in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS). It highlights the overall security and employment context as well as underlying challenges to Palestinian women’s participation in cooperatives. Finally, it recommends strategies to encourage the development of new women-only cooperatives while strengthening existing cooperatives.

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Gender-based violence in the occupied Palestinian territory

One of the gender impacts of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the wider prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) as a phenomenon in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), which is expressed in different forms and structurally entrenched to become a way of life. This report exposes different forms of violence as revealed in women’s own narratives. It explores the conditions of their abuse as well as the coping strategies they use in their efforts to maintain their families’ well being, but which also compromises them due to the absence of realistic alternative options. It concludes with a list of findings and recommendations on how to strengthen the commitment to combat violence against women in the oPt.

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Implementing the national study on domestic violence against women: experience and lessons from Viet Nam

This report documents key steps, stakeholders and lessons learned from conducting a large-scale survey designed to document the evidence of domestic violence in Vietnam. The study produced rich data on the issue of violence against women in Vietnam, however, further analysis of the raw data is needed to draw out more information and knowledge from this study. This document is primarily intended for field workers involved in the gathering of data and conducting household surveys, General Statistical Office (GSO) officials, UN officials who work with the Government of Vietnam as well as any organizations working on domestic violence prevention.

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Role of food security and nutrition interventions in empowering women

In response to the high levels of food insecurity and under nutrition among women and young children in Bangladesh, the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agricultural organization (FAO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiated a joint programme to improve maternal and child nutrition in one of Bangladesh’s most impoverished regions. The programme, “Promoting and Protecting food Security and Nutrition for Families and children in Bangladesh” was designed to contribute towards the reduction of acute malnutrition and underweight prevalence amongst children 0-59 months and pregnant lactating women, and to reduce the proportion of the population that is food insecure. This study attempted to focus on the role of the joint interventions in enhancing women’s capabilities to increase the families’ food security and nutrition.

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Case study on strengthening women’s leadership: Panama joint programme

This case studies is about an MDG-F Joint Programme (JP) that was aimed at reducing gaps in safe water and sanitation public services by empowering citizens in excluded rural and indigenous areas in the Bisira and Kankintu communities in Panama. It also focused on empowering women by achieving a greater balance of power in the relations between women and men and served as a tool to allow women of these communities to enjoy better living conditions and recognize their rights in a participatory society. The study contains a situational analysis of the role of women in the JP development, the historical role of ngabe women in the development of their communities, and of the participatory approach and assimilation that women and men had in the implementation of the program and how this changed their lives. It concludes with the challenges, lessons learned, best practices and suggestions for replication in order to strengthen female leadership in indigenous communities.

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