Gender analysis is an essential element of socio-economic analysis. A comprehensive socio-economic analysis would take into account gender relations, as gender is a factor in all social and economic relations. An analysis of gender relations provides information on the different conditions that women and men face, and the different effects that policies and programs may have on them because of their situations. Such information can inform and improve policies and programs, and is essential in ensuring that the different needs of both women and men are met.
During Gender analysis preparation, Al Mar Consulting reflects the information that recognizes that gender, and its relationship with race, ethnicity, culture, class, age, disability, and/or other status, is important in understanding the different patterns of involvement, behaviour and activities that women and men have in economic, social and legal structures.
A GENDER ANALYSIS STUDY analyzes the gender dynamics within a development problem. Findings and recommendations provided through a gender analysis study help development workers understand gender roles, relations, constraints and opportunities. They then use this information to influence the design of a project.
GENDER ASSESSMENT is a review—from a gender perspective—of a current or recently completed project or activity. It assesses how a project addresses and responds to gender dynamics and inequalities in technical programming, policies and practices. The assessment highlights successes and gaps in programming, identifying new opportunities to improve future programming. It often incorporates aspects of a gender analysis study because it requires an understanding of gender inequality in a given setting. Gender assessments sometimes incorporate some degree of gender auditing.
A GENDER AUDIT Evaluates how gender considerations are being integrated into programs and policies by an organization, department or office. Wide in scope, audits assess gender approaches and policies, staff capacity, tools and resources, gender mainstreaming in programs and projects, organizational culture and workplace issues. Overall, an audit will monitor relative progress made in mainstreaming and identify successes as well as critical gaps. Additionally, gender audits can integrate components of gender assessments to measure the impact of interventions on beneficiaries.