Gender approaches in climate compatible development: Lessons from Peru


The majority of studies on gender and climate change have been conducted in rural contexts, pointing to clear evidence gaps with respect to climate compatible development interventions that integrate a gender approach in urban areas. With the aim of contributing new evidence on the subject, this study asks how climate compatible development interventions in urban areas have integrated gender approaches. It seeks to respond to the question by analysing the outcomes, opportunities and challenges of this process, based on the experiences of Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Networks in Peru. Known locally as GRIDES, the networks have been operating in different regions of the country for the past 20 years. The study concludes that a gender-based approach to climate compatible development is fundamental for achieving transformational change.

This paper seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What does a gender-sensitive approach to climate compatible development mean in Peru’s urban context?

  • What is the evidence of the relevance of gender-sensitive programming in climate compatible development to promote and achieve people’s empowerment?

  • What socioeconomic, political and cultural factors constrain or favour (i) gender-sensitive approaches in the context of climate compatible development? (ii) men and women’s ability to tackle climate related risks in urban contexts?

  • Does a gender-sensitive approach enable better climate compatible development outcomes, and if so, in what way?

This report was produced as part of a series of papers on gender and climate change, to read more, visit our page on Gender equality and achieving climate goals.