February 2015 Blog Posts (10)

A Case Against Re-Appropriating Gender

My blog is available at : http://reifiedspeculation.blogspot.com

In sociology and cultural studies, re-appropriation is the cultural process by which a group reclaims—re-appropriates—terms or artifacts that were previously used in a way disparaging of that group.

Drawing on the theme…


Added by John Harvey on February 26, 2015 at 8:53 — 1 Comment

EVALMENA Conference and Celebration of the 2015

The Fourth International Conference of MENA Evaluation Network (EvalMENA) will kickstart the celebrations of the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear 2015) in the Middle East and North Africa.

Advocating for more visibility, acceptance, and support for evaluation in the region, the conference will convene more than 150+ evaluators and policy…


Added by Kassem El Saddik on February 24, 2015 at 6:30 — 2 Comments

Rescuing diversity from the gender trap!

Often I am asked to plan, train or evaluate programs from a gender lens. The organisation’s gender policy and guidelines are given to me, and I am asked to keep these in mind while carrying out my tasks. Unfortunately, many policies and guidelines (often generated by donors) focus on gender relations in isolation, and do not take into account that they interlock with other power relations like race, caste, class, abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity to marginalise…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on February 21, 2015 at 7:39 — No Comments

Participation in the Real World

After being interviewed for his research, ImpactReady invited Chris Morris, a graduate student, to write up his findings from assessing the level of real participation in humanitarian evaluations.

After assessing a sample of reports and speaking with NGOs and evaluations, Chris concluded that "Evaluators need to be given more leeway to involve communities in all stages of the evaluation. To provide this leeway a different approach to…


Added by Joseph Barnes on February 20, 2015 at 2:25 — 1 Comment

Evaluation - Central to the Evidence Base for Gender Equality

Last week I spoke at the Executive Board of UN Women about the centrality of evaluation to their role in bringing about gender equality.

Changing the way women and men, boys and girls relate to each other, understanding each other's roles and seeing each other as equals, is a demanding challenge. It shakes up longstanding norms and questions values that are often deeply ingrained and frequently subconscious. The full realization of gender equality involves not only the notional…


Added by Caroline Heider on February 18, 2015 at 20:26 — No Comments

EvalGender Community of Practice

We are glad to inform you that the international online community Gender and Evaluation, hosted by the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), India, has accepted to serve as the EvalGender+’s hub for knowledge sharing. Gender and Evaluation community is part of ISST's 'Engendering Policy through Evaluation' Project supported by IDRC and Ford Foundation.

 EvalGender+ is the new global partnership led by EvalPartners, UN Women and IOCE, to promote the demand,…


Added by Florencia Tateossian on February 13, 2015 at 23:53 — 2 Comments

Whose Voices Count?

Ensuring all views are considered in participatory evaluation

The World Bank Group wants to improve its development effectiveness by, among others things, engaging citizens throughout the operational project cycle. It has set itself an ambitious target: 100% citizen engagement in projects that have clearly identifiable beneficiaries.

Participation in development is not a new concept. It goes back some 40 years when practitioners realized the importance of participation…


Added by Caroline Heider on February 13, 2015 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

How to reflect gender in development, humanitarian, educational and awareness raising projects.

I am excited to be a relatively new Board memeber of an asssociation of evaluators in the Czech Republic - the Czech Evaluation Society (see www.czecheval.cz). So many things are happening, including a new focus on gender! 

About a year ago, I have been engaged in a debate of Czech evaluators if “non-tangible” aspects such as gender can be monitored and evaluated. So I wrote this blog.... and add some toolkits.…


Added by Inka Píbilová on February 12, 2015 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Evaluation: comissioned by PAX (Dutch Organisation) on Gender in relation to Peace and Security

PAX means peace. PAX, a Dutch organisation, starts up and supports local peace initiatives and mobilizes moral, political and financial support internationally and in the Netherlands. PAX operates in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South-eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In its peace and security work PAX focuses directly on women, but also integrates gender analysis and gender perspective in broader security issues in the context…


Added by Jurrie de Hart on February 11, 2015 at 15:59 — No Comments

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