[Featured Resource] Learning about Women's Empowerment in the Context of Development Projects

This week’s profiled resource is: Learning about Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Development Projects: Do the Figures Tell Us Enough? an article that examines the Monitoring and Evaluation systems of three different development projects implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (henceforward Helvetas) to determine how these systems support women’s empowerment in the context of gender inequality. This resource is also required course reading for the session: Learning from Program Data, which is being led by @MegSatt at this year’s Legal Empowerment Leadership Course taking place in Budapest from 4-8 December.

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In this article, we consider three projects implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation: a project in Nepal focusing on capacity building (vocational skills training); a project in Bangladesh focusing on income generation; and a project in Kosovo working on agency – enhancing the voice of citizens in local governance. The article examines how donor requirements for demonstrating evidence-based results challenge project management in different ways, how facts and figures are generated, how experience is translated into reports, and how qualitative methods are used for evaluations. This is compared to a stakeholder (participant) perspective of their degree of satisfaction with project performance, obtained through case studies or focus group discussions.

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The Featured Resource is a short profile of a key resource found in the resource library of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. These resources can be older or brand new, but they all touch on important themes within legal empowerment. If you have a resource you would like to profile with the network, upload it directly at this link or email it to community@namati.org.

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