KIT Publication: Politics of the Possible (2006)

Gender mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming has been a central pillar of development work for the last 20 years. Development agencies have had varying degrees of success in their efforts to equalise the gender balance.

Since 2007 KIT has been involved in dialogue with development activists about effective approaches to gender mainstreaming.

A fresh approach to mainstreaming

KIT aims to connect institutionalised gender work with the real experiences of disenfranchisement women face on a daily basis. We begin with visualising the attainment of women’s rights, and then work back towards actions that development agencies can take to realise them.

We undertake gender analyses that inform the design and implementation of programmes. We also address issues of accountability, resourcing and policy making that can be both a help and a hindrance to the realisation of women’s rights and gender equality.

Gender mainstreaming that results in real gender equality outcomes requires a detailed examination that informs the strategic transformation of programming and organisational practice. Accordingly, our approach focuses on facilitating change through three interrelated strategies: advisory support, capacity development, and research.

Our methodology is participatory, learner-centred and designed to achieve and sustain incremental steps towards development working for both women and men. Our work involves operational staff as well as decision makers and managers working equally in the field as well as in the boardroom.