Gender approaches in climate compatible development: Lessons from Kenya


This report examines gender and climate change in relation to efforts to support climate compatible development, a policy goal that aims to integrate and draw synergies between adaptation, mitigation and development. The report’s focus is a case study of Kisumu, Kenya, drawing lessons from the five-year project People’s Plans into Practice (PPP): Building Productive and Liveable Settlements with Slum Dwellers in Kisumu and Kitale.

The recommendations provided in this report include (p. 35):

•For national- and county-level policy-makers: ◦It is important to address entrenched biases against women in policy processes;

◦It is advisable to introduce a designated gender focal person in every county department.

•For city- and ward-level policy-makers and planners, it is advisable to: ◦carry out a gender and climate change audit for Kisumu city in order to document the differentiated impacts of climate change and people’s vulnerability;

◦encourage participation of both men and women in meetings and community projects, addressing specific strategic needs for women.

•For development agencies and donors, it is important to: ◦document best practices and examples of successful gender integration into climate change programmes and projects in urban areas;

◦focus on deeper, structural barriers to gender equality, such as women’s individual and household-level capacity to participate.