Ranjani K.Murthy's Blog (39)

The World Bank's World Development Report 2015: A Justice-based Critique


 Justice is about fairness and equity. It is also about equitable distribution of power, resources, and outcomes in society. It requires expanding rights of the marginalized and ceilings on the privileged.


Does the…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on August 12, 2015 at 11:46 — No Comments

Whose Evaluation Matters? Women's Evaluations vs Government Evaluations

- When I asked women and men from six Chennai [India] slums: "What are the changes - positive and negative - you have seen in the last five years in the institutions of marriage, family, markets and state?" they pointed to quite a few changes and recommendations. These are discussed first, followed by recommendations from evaluations of government schemes in the same city. The disjuncture between women’s evaluations and government evaluations is then contrasted, and, finally, recommendations…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on June 29, 2015 at 15:51 — 3 Comments

Power, Institutions and Gender Relations: Can Evaluations Transform them? (Part II)


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on June 16, 2015 at 15:37 — 2 Comments

Evaluation for the World We Want! My takes from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference, 2015

The theme of the 2015 Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Conference "Evaluation of the World We Want" appealed to my mind and heart and I hence decided to submit a paper and apply for bursary. I…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on June 3, 2015 at 17:24 — 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 10:09 — No Comments

Power, Policies and Social/Gender Relations: Can Evaluations Change the Equation?

Cross posted from http://www.comminit.com/global/content/power-policies-and-socialgender-relations-can-evaluations-change-equation, January, 20, 2015

The Context

In the year 2013, the UN Evaluation Group decided to join EvalPartners in declaring 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation. The year 2015 was identified as a…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on January 22, 2015 at 11:25 — 2 Comments

Challenges to Gender Equality Integration in National Evaluations

I come from India. I would like to share some thought on some of my thoughts on barriers to integrating gender equality within national evaluation systems in my context When a government scheme is formulated by a Ministry, it is appraised by the Project Appraisal and Management Division of the Planning Commission. There is a standard guideline for Appraisal which looks at target group and area, scheme relevance, cost-effectiveness, budget available, institutional capacity, monitoring and…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on January 14, 2015 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Towards Socialist Feminist Theory of Change


This blog explores the meaning of socialist feminist theories of change, and illustrates its application to promote safe migration of women.  It also analyses factors to be kept in mind while developing socialist feminist theories of change.

The author is grateful for the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women for inviting me to facilitate a workshop on the same this year and the participants in the same. They however bear no responsibility for shortcomings.…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on December 29, 2014 at 12:51 — 10 Comments

Dilemmas of development- reflections on a visit

I visited Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh, India this month with the impressive NGO Eficor

There were remote villages untouched by 'mainstream development'. There were also villages near the town of Khalwa where industries had come up and health services were accessible. Interestingly children were better nourished (records of ICDS- weight by age) in the remote area, than the accessible one. Institutional delivery was however higher in the developed area. The remote…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on October 25, 2014 at 17:06 — No Comments

Doing things right or doing the right things? Lessons from participation in EES, 2014

Participation in EES, 2014 was an excellent opportunity to rethink assumptions, meet friends again and see bits of Dublin.

What did I learn from the four days I spent at EES? I learnt from 'systems-thinkers' the distinction between doing things right and doing the right things.  If one has the wrong theory of change but a plan of action, one can land up doing planned things right, but not the right thing to address the issue that one wants to address be it poverty, HIV/AIDS, equity…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on October 8, 2014 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Are gender-sensitive evaluations and feminist evaluations different?

In evaluation conferences, at times I hear "I do feminist evaluations, and not gender evaluations". Feminist evaluation places issues of power at the center of defining scope of evaluation, evaluation process and, how findings are used.  They look at intersections between gender and identities, and examine how the project/programme change social structures. Gender evaluations do not deal with issues of power and structures"

Having been taught about gender relations through reading…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on August 21, 2014 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

Reflections on American Evaluation Association Conference-2013

Dear Gender and Evaluation Community

This is a bit late, but nevertheless I am posting my reflection on AEA, 2013 which I had the opportunity to attend. 

Comments most welcome. 



Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on March 12, 2014 at 13:39 — 2 Comments

Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation training

Dear All
Please find attached information on a one month long International training programme in May this year on "Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation" organised by Visthar, Bangalore.  One of the ten focus areas is on gender mainstreaming as part of which monitoring and evaluation (from a gender lens) would be covered. …

Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on March 4, 2014 at 17:45 — No Comments

Gender/equity sensitive indicators

Dear All

I am enclosing a recent powerpoint that I to facilitate a half day session on gender/equity sensitive indicators with a group of NGOs from Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu indicators.ppt

Often NGOs, government and at times even evaluation teams get stuck at monitoring process or output indicators, and do not adequately evaluate outcome and impact indicators. The…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on February 27, 2014 at 12:30 — 9 Comments

Gender Action Learning System

Thought some of you may be interested in this. 

Mayoux, L 2008, Steering Life's Rocky Road -Equal and Together, Gender Action Learning System, Core Manual, http://www.wemanresources.info/documents/Page2_GALS/SteeringLife'sRockyRoad.pdf

warm regards



Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on April 1, 2013 at 18:18 — No Comments

Equity Focused Evaluation: Notes from Evaluation Conclave Kathmandu (26th February to 1st March, 2013)

Equity focused evaluation

Marco Segone, Michael Bamberger, and Urs Nagel

What does equity mean?

The concept of equity is based on notions of fairness and justice, and refers to equitable outcomes. It needs to be distinguished from equally of opportunity.

Why is equity important?

The concept of equity is important due to several factors:

  • Inequity constitutes a violation of human rights
  • Has a…

Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on March 11, 2013 at 6:04 — No Comments

Evaluation of MNREGS from a gender lens

ISWDS%20Final%20Report.docDear All 

I am attaching two interesting evaluation studies on MNREGS from a gender lens. The first is by Pankaj and Tanka. They argue that women's empowerment effects are visible where enough wage employment has been generated per women. In such instances changes are visible at the intra-household level gender dynamics, income-consumption effects.…


Added by Ranjani K.Murthy on March 9, 2013 at 17:22 — No Comments

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