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The UNODC Independent Evaluation Section (IES) is contributing to mainstreaming gender equality in UNODC through the implementation of gender responsive evaluations. Gender responsive evaluations not only identify inequalities or areas of improvement but offer opportunities, recommendations and support to address those inequalities. They do this by having a clear focus of what is covered by the evaluation and through emphasizing how the evaluation is conducted and what methods are used. Evaluation is in the position to act as an agent of change by assessing the efforts AND opportunities and providing evidence based information to support transform ative gender equality in the organization.



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To meet UN SWAP Evaluation requirements, to ensure gender responsive evaluations and to move towards transformative change, IES has mainstreamed gender equality and women's empowerment into all of its work. Efforts to mainstream gender and institute  gender responsive evaluations in UNODC have included a variety of actions such as: 

  • implementing mandatory evaluation criteria on gender equality, reviewing and updating all evaluation guidance ,
  • moving towards gender parity in both evaluation teams and evaluation stakeholders and finally
  • IES assesses and reports on the progress to advance gender responsive evaluations by including gender as part of the evaluation External Quality Assurance  process,


The most recent efforts of IES include the development of guidance briefs on gender mainstreaming in evaluation together with external gender experts and with input from the UNODC Gender Team. These are targeted to program managers, evaluation team members as well as IES staff. These guidance briefs provide concrete actions to include gender in evaluations as well as ways to address identified challenges in moving towards transformative change for gender equality.


Brief for managers: Mainstreaming gender in UNODC evaluations



Brief for evaluation team members:
Mainstreaming gender in UNODC evaluations


Important definitions 

Gender mainstreaming is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels. It is a strategy for making women's as well as men's concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal is gender equality . ( ECOSOC, 1997)

Gender equality is an overarching and long-term development goal. Gender mainstreaming is not a goal in itself but a set of context-specific, strategic approaches as well and technical and institutional processes adopted to achieve  gender equality. Achieving this goal requires systematic and purposeful integration of gender at all stages of the project cycle-from strategic planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all UNODC programmes and projects.

Further resources

UNODC Evaluation Handbook

UNODC Gender Equality website

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