Gender, monitoring, evaluation and learning

Volume 22, Issue 2, July 2014

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In this issue of G&D, we examine the topic of Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective, and hope to prove that a good MEL system is an activist’s best friend! This unique collection of articles captures the knowledge of a range of development practitioners and women’s rights activists, who write about a variety of organisational approaches to MEL. Contributors come from both the global South and the global North and have tried to share their experience accessibly, making what is often very complex and technical material as clear as possible to non-MEL specialists.


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You can access the Introduction, and the Resources and Book Reviews sections for the Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning issue, free, below.


Introduction to Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Kimberly Bowman and Caroline Sweetman


Building capacity to measure long-term impact on women’s empowerment: CARE’s Women’s Empowerment Impact Measurement Initiative
Nidal Karim, Mary Picard, Sarah Gillingham and Leah Berkowitz

A review of approaches and methods to measure economic empowerment of women and girls
Paola Pereznieto and Georgia Taylor

Still learning: a critical reflection on three years of measuring women’s empowerment in Oxfam
David Bishop and Kimberly Bowman

Reflections on Womankind Worldwide’s experiences of tackling common challenges in monitoring and evaluating women’s rights programming
Helen Lindley

Capturing changes in women’s lives: the experiences of Oxfam Canada in applying feminist evaluation principles to monitoring and evaluation practice
Carol Miller and Laura Haylock

A survivor behind every number: using programme data on violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo to influence policy and practice
Marie-France Guimond and Katie Robinette

Learning about women’s empowerment in the context of development projects: do the figures tell us enough?
Jane Carter, Sarah Byrne, Kai Schrader, Humayun Kabir, Zenebe Bashaw Uraguchi, Bhanu Pandit, Badri Manandhar, Merita Barileva, Norbert Pijls & Pascal Fendrich

Using the Social Relations Approach to capture complexity in women’s empowerment: using gender analysis in the Fish on Farms project in Cambodia
Emily Hillenbrand, Pardis Lakzadeh, Ly Sokhoin, Zaman Talukder, Timothy Green and Judy McLean


Compiled by Liz Cooke
Resources List – Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Views, events, and debates (subscriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke

Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Women and Journalism
Reviewed by Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle

Gendered Commodity Chains: Seeing Women’s Work and Households in Production 
Reviewed by Stephanie Barrientos

Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: Beyond the Weapons of the Weak
Reviewed by Deborah Eade

Gendering Global Conflict: Towards a Feminist Theory of War
Reviewed by Emma A. Foster

Growing Old in Cameroon: Gender, Vulnerability and Social Capital
Reviewed by Ezi Beedie

Anticipatory Social Protection: Claiming Dignity and Rights
Reviewed by Ines Smyth

Feminists in Development Organizations: Change from the Margins
Reviewed by Elsa Dawson