Request for resources on INTERSECTIONALITY + GENDER MAINSTREAMING in Climate Change Projects


The Adaptation Fund is currently conducting a study on ‘intersectional approaches to integrating gender considerations in climate change adaptation projects.’

In organizing the desk review, we are interested in gathering relevant project documents, reports and/or statistics that have applied the concept of intersectionality in the context of gender mainstreaming in adaptation projects. If you have potential resources that meet this criteria, we would highly appreciate if you can share the relevant materials with the lead consultant, Dr. Katie Tavenner - by June 4, 2021.

Thanks so much in advance!

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Thank you for your message, Tonny. Methodologically speaking, we are casting a very big net to capture relevant literature, as "applied intersectionality" appears to be a novel concept in climate adaptation. There is no country preference, but we are interested in practical/case study examples where intersectional approaches have been applied.

At present, the desk review is drawing on peer-reviewed and secondary/gray/unpublished sources, using the databases Google Scholar, ProQuest, JSTOR, SAGE Journals online, Taylor & Francis Online Journals, Wiley Online Library, and the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research publications database.

Thank you in advance for sharing any resources you believe would be helpful to the study!

Hello Katie, 

Sharing a book of which I co-authored a chapter that may be of interest. (It is open access)

All the best! and happy to share ground level insights as i work closely with communities on climate change adaptation in the Indian Himalayan region

Roshan Rathod

Thank you for sharing the link to your book, Roshan, I think your chapter (and several others) look like great content for the review. As I gather case-study level examples of applying intersectionality in gender mainstreaming in climate adaptation projects, I would be very interested to hear your ground level insights!

Dear Dr Katie

Please see the work of myself and my colleagues thinking about intersectional approaches in development that try to avoid a forced categoricalism from the global north. Introducing the GEMs framework.

We have been applying this work and there is much research and room for thought in how this can and perhaps should be applied. Please feel free to reach out to Dr Ellen Lewis or myself, Dr Anne Stephens, to talk about GEMs framework at any time. 

Thank you, Anne, for sharing this very interesting framework!

Given that you have been applying the framework, might you or any of your co-authors have additional 'case study' style documentation that you could share?

Thank you again for sharing!

Dear Katie,

Our team of researchers at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, together with civil society partners, Plan International and WaterAid, developed several outputs from our "Climate change response for Inclusive WASH" research.

Two guidance notes, designed closely with Plan International Indonesia and WaterAid Timor-Leste field staff, outline easy-to-implement community-based activities to get local stakeholders thinking about how people are affected differently by climate impacts on WASH, and how gender and social inclusion in WASH builds climate resilience.

Two case studies, one focusing on rural sanitation in Indonesia and one focusing on rural water in Timor-Leste, shed light on the experiences of community members with climate impacts on WASH. The case studies demonstrate the way gender, and social norms and structures shape how people feel about and respond to climate change.

Finally, our learning paper explains interconnected key concepts: gender and social inclusion, WASH, and climate change, and how these informed the research behind these outputs.

See here for all outputs, including in Bahasa Indonesia and Tetun languages  

I hope these are of interest.

Wow Anna, thank you so much for sharing these resources! They are highly relevant to the study and I anticipate the case study examples will be particularly useful.

Thank you again for taking the time to share all of these great outputs!

Hi Katie. here is a link to something I wrote recently - a plea for a shift to a feminist approach on climate issues and why this is urgently required. I'm sharing because it has direct implications for evaluation, so maybe you'll find it useful. Cheers. KALYANI

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Thank you, Kalyani, for sharing your timely post and call to action for gender warriors in development! I think your argumentation in this post will inform both the conceptual lens and the recommendations emergent from the study. Would you be able to share any additional resources for the IDRC-funded project "Accelerating Climate Action: Social Equity and Empowerment of Women and Girls” that your post was inspired by?

Thank you again for sharing your work! 

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