10 things to know: gender equality and achieving climate goals

Highlights the advantages and challenges of pursuing climate compatible development from a gender perspective

Abstract

Although climate change and poverty are increasingly recognised as interlinked global problems, responses from governments and development agencies often focus on their scientific and economic dimensions only.

This report summarises the findings and recommendations of a study on the benefits and challenges of pursuing climate compatible development from a gender perspective. The research looked at 4 questions:

  1. what does a gender-sensitive approach to climate compatible development mean in different urban contexts?
  2. what is the evidence of the relevance of gender-sensitive programming in climate compatible development to promote and achieve people’s empowerment?
  3. what socio-economic, political and cultural factors constrain or favour gender-sensitive approaches in the context of climate compatible development?
  4. does a gender-sensitive approach enable better climate compatible development outcomes and if so, how?

The research uses case studies from Peru, India and Kenya. All 3 case studies have climate related disaster risk management and climate change adaptation goals. As most research into gender and climate change so far has been carried out in rural contexts, this study has put special emphasis on urban settings.

The research aims to contribute new evidence and provide insights that will help policy-makers and practitioners to foster more inclusive climate and development interventions. There are 10 findings to prove that gender-sensitive approaches lead to better climate and development outcomes – and how they do it.

Citation

Kratzer, S.; Le Masson, V. 10 things to know: gender equality and achieving climate goals. Climate and Developemnt Knowledge Network, London (2016), 32p

10 things to know: gender equality and achieving climate goals

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