Africa

BENIN: Project to Support the Strengthening of the Best Strategies for the Promotion of its Kind in Benin

Proposed Outcomes: Support the development of frameworks for institutional and operational plans. Begin systematically identifying, funding and effectively implementing best strategies, practices and actions towards rehabilitation, integration, protection and liberation of women in Benin.

Reported Results: Developed a national policy document (National Policy for Promotion of Gender) on gender mainstreaming involving data collection in 23 communes and national workshops. Developed a methodological guide and training curriculum for the integration of gender concerns into development plans. Developed a diary of women as a relevant tool for the promotion and development of the female population. Completed a technical evaluation of the Center for Women and Children. Completed an assessment of the current functioning of the National Micro Finance and its feasibility within a special venture capital window for women.  Developed a database with a repository of all forms of violence and discrimination against women, including on their characteristics, manifestations , estimated costs and consequences for the economy and society. The National Policy for the Promotion of Gender has attracted the commitment of the Head of State to adopt it and to translate it into his vision of development and to create a National Institute of Women.


BOTSWANA: Integrating Gender into National Systems for Measuring Welfare and Monitoring the MDGs and Strengthening Civil Society Capacity for MDG Advocacy, Planning and Implementation

Proposed Outcomes: Support the development of data capabilities for purposes of integrating gender into national systems for measuring and monitoring human welfare. Support electoral reforms and the political empowerment of women.

Results Reported: Conducted a gender, politics and electoral reforms seminar for political parties, the media and NGOs. Conducted a participatory review of existing indicator frameworks especially the Vision 2016 and the MDGs. Implemented project under the National Execution modality with the Ministry of Labour and Home affairs through the Women's Affairs Department and in partnership other NGOs and government offices. Held assertiveness training workshops for aspiring women politicians who were either candidates for the primary elections or had already gone through the primary election process in their political parties.  In most cases the participants were seating counselors, members of parliament and other aspirants who lost past elections or who wanted to run for office for the first time. These workshops resulted in an increased number of women aspiring to run for political leadership. Created a political database that increased the knowledge and understanding of issues of electoral reform. Integrated gender into national systems for measuring welfare, monitoring the MDGs, and strengthening civil society capacity for MDGs advocacy, planning, and implementation. Enabled the Women's Affairs Department (WAD) to strengthen its strategic partnership with key stakeholders involved in the field of gender and development.


GHANA: Interagency Support for the Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act

Proposed Outcomes: To support the passage and implementation of Ghana's Domestic Violence Law, including developing a National Plan of Action to facilitate its effective implementation.

Reported Results: Developed a National Plan of Action (in collaboration with the Department of Women under MOWAC) identifying the roles of each stakeholder to facilitate the effective implementation of the Domestic Violence Law. Organized six capacity building training workshops on the DV Law in collaboration with DOVVSU, MOWAC, the Coalition of NGOs, and the Ministry of Justice. Training focused on treatment and services for victims and data management. Organized a Training of Trainers workshop on the DV Law for all district and regional girls education officers. Launched a national sensitization and education campaign in all ten regions of Ghana. Organized five workshops on the DV Law targeting women groups, as well as Lorry and Taxi parks. In total, over 1,500 market women and drivers in the informal public sector were sensitized and education on the DV Law. Translated the DV Law into six major Ghanaian languages. Mobilized interest and support for future activities: the Ministry of Justice, The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit, and the MOWAC have allocated funds under their 2009 national budget to implement specific sections of the DV National Plan of Action that concerns them.


LIBERIA: Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Gender Based Violence in Liberia

Proposed Outcomes: Enhance national capacity to respond to and address GBV and strengthen the institutional framework around the coordination, implementation and monitoring of the National Plan of Action by establishing a well-developed protective system with the capacity to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. Train media practitioners to sensitize the public on SEA and GBV. Increase community awareness about SEA and GBV through awareness-raising campaigns and training of other stakeholders such as teachers, school administrators, magistrates, and police officers -particularly female offices to provide counseling services to women and child victims.

Reported Results: Conducted needs assessments, held discussions with stakeholders, and collected data all in preparation for the training workshops. Conducted an awareness-raising campaign in nine out of the fifteen counties. Trained 201 beneficiaries (including media practitioners, magistrates, police officers, teachers and school administrators) in GBV in six of the fifteen counties. Developed a training manual.


REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Support for the Inclusion of Women Involved and Affected by Armed Conflict in the Process of Socio-Economic Reintegration

Proposed Outcomes: To support the inclusion of women involved and affected by armed conflict in the process of socio-economic reintegration. Conduct a study of the situation of women involved and affected by armed conflict and sensitize the community to moral values towards developing a culture of peace and involving women in the process of socio-economic reintegration.

Reported Results: Conducted study on the situation of women involved and affected by armed conflict that identified 5059 women without assistance after armed conflict. Developed education outreach material for women involved and affected by armed conflict. Raised awareness on the civic and moral values tending towards the development of a culture of peace as well as the inclusion of women in the process of socio-economic reintegration, the environment, and HIV/AIDS. Contributed to recovery being planned based on needs assessments and information management systems that recognize the different needs of women and men, including the development of a database of women involved in and affected by conflict. Results from the project have been taken into account in the preparation of the 2009-2013 CPD. Moreover, additional resources (over 700,000 USD) have been mobilized to conduct another community development project for women involved and affected by armed conflict.


ZAMBIA: Advocacy on enhancing household capacity, especially female-headed households to respond to HIV and AIDS

Proposed Outcomes: Advocate for a development process that is more supportive of HIV and AIDS affected households, especially those that are female-headed. Scale-up efforts of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working to enhance the capacity of female-headed households to respond to the pandemic. Hold a discussion forum in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Southern and Eastern provinces where the prevalence rates are the highest. Through these debates, key messages on the required actions to enhance the capacity of households to respond to HIV and AIDS would be sent to specialists in the government, NGOs and donor agencies and hence a holistic understanding of the impact of HIV and AIDS at the household level would be realized.

Reported Results: Developed a strategy on how to scale-up the efforts of the NGOs already working on enhancing the capacity of households to respond to HIV and AIDS. Developed a set of policy recommendations directed to the Government on how to further enhance the capacity of female-headed households to respond to HIV and AIDS. Submitted policy recommendations and strategies to the Government through the National AIDS Council for integration into the on-going AIDS programmes. Additionally, the discussion forum raised further awareness among various stakeholders in Zambia, which contributed to the decline in the HIV prevalence rate from 16 percent to 14.3 percent from 2007 to 2008. These discussions also increased the visibility of the project through media attention and involving various traditional authorities. UNDP Zambia and the Gender in development Division took a multi-stakeholder approach by collaborating with other government ministries and departments, including the National AIDS Council, and the Institute of Economic and Social Research, local and international NGOs and Community-Based organizations.