Gender is a way of looking at how social norms and power structures affect different groups of men and women. Understanding that men and women, boys and girls experience poverty differently, and face different barriers in accessing services, economic resources and political opportunities, helps to target interventions. This Topic Guide, written in 2012 and updated in 2014, introduces some of the best recent literature on a range of gender issues and highlights major critical debates. It is intended primarily as a reference for policymakers and highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies. New publications and emerging issues will be regularly incorporated.


Kangas, A.; Haider, H.; Fraser, E.; Browne, E. Gender: Topic Guide. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2014) 149 pp.

Gender: Topic Guide

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