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Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Final evaluation report

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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This final evaluation report reviews the project ‘Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice in the Humanitarian System’, which was funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations – Enhanced Response Capacity fund (ECHO-ERC) and implemented by Oxfam in Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic between September 2015 and March 2017.

The objective of the evaluation is to assess the overall outcome of the project, which aimed to enhance the capacity of humanitarian organizations to provide adapted assistance to meet the differing gender needs of women, girls, men and boys in emergency scenarios. The report explores the extent to which planned activities and approaches are being implemented in accomplishing changes in the institutionalization of Gender in Emergencies (GiE), along with the project’s achievements and the challenges involved in a gender-responsive approach focused on targeted humanitarian stakeholders.

The evaluation was undertaken during the period April–June 2017.The methodology combined a secondary data review (SDR) with primary data collection by means of key informant interviews (KIIs) and surveys undertaken with 29 relevant project stakeholders drawn from within the UN system, national and international NGOs, governments and Oxfam personnel in the four project countries (in total, 20 project stakeholders and nine Oxfam personnel).

This evaluation report describes the experiences of implementing the project in relation to each of its four proposed outcomes (see section 1.1). This includes a description of the activities carried out, the results achieved and important contextual factors affecting the success of the project in the four countries. It also reflects on key challenges and limitations, lessons learned and recommendations at the global level of the humanitarian system.