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Gender in climate action training pack – A resource for practitioners

June 2021

CDKN has developed a pack of presentations and exercises for facilitators to use in training settings, to help climate and development professionals to integrate gender perspectives into climate projects and programmes.

Specifically, the training aims to help participants:

  • Understand internationally accepted and widely committed frameworks for gender equality in development and climate action.
  • Understand why gender and social inclusion are relevant to climate policies, programmes and activities.
  • Learn how to think critically about gender and social inclusion issues throughout a typical programme/project cycle, from the design and consultation stages, through planning, budgeting, delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Appreciate how gender-responsive and socially-inclusive approaches increase the effectiveness and sustainability of climate action; and how gender-blind approaches undermine the effectiveness of climate action.
  • Learn about tried, tested and recommended tools for identifying and addressing gender- and social inclusion-related concerns and be able to apply them, through guided group work and practice.
  • Learn how to set outcomes, targets and indicators for gender-equitable, socially inclusive outcomes and how to develop budgets to ensure that activities achieve these outcomes.
  • Learn from the experiences of other practitioners. As well as all providing best practice examples from CDKN and international sources, in of the training modules and exercises are designed so that participants share knowledge and experience with each other.

Who is the pack for?

The training pack is for:

Facilitators – people who will present the pack, or components of it, to others:

  • Gender and social inclusion specialists who are looking for a wider range of tips, tactics, tools and exercises with which to raise the awareness, understanding and capacity of other colleagues to integrate gender and social inclusion in climate action.
  • Climate and development professionals with some knowledge of and openness to gender and social inclusion issues, who can use the modules and references contained therein to deepen their own knowledge, and so gain the confidence to use the materials for training others.

Trainees – people who will benefit from trainings that use the materials in this pack:

  • Climate and development professionals who are charged with designing, delivering (including budgeting for), monitoring, evaluating and adaptive programming of climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation interventions. The materials in this pack have very broad applicability across these domains. Given the evidence that we present on the importance of gender-responsiveness and social inclusion in running effective climate projects and programmes, we assert that the approaches suggested in the training pack are not just for people with a formal mandate in these issues; the approaches are for everyone who is working on climate compatible development.

What is the make-up of the modules and what topics do they cover?

Introductory slides

If desired, the facilitator may benefit from these very short introductory powerpoint slides, which summarise the contents of the full course and can be tailored to suit the circumstances.

Module 1: International and national frameworks

  • Powerpoint slides: Gender in the international global policy frameworks (core content) incorporating optional slides, re group exercise on applying gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals. For the facilitator.

Learning objective of module 1:

To learn about international policy frameworks that relate to climate action and women’s and girls’ empowerment:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Sendai Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction (climate-related disasters)
  • The Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • Related frameworks, the Beijing Platform and Convention on the Status of Women

Module 2: Why a gender approach is needed

Learning objective of module 2:

To learn about:

  • How people are differently impacted by climate change
  • Why gender matters and how to think about the intersection of gender and other forms of social inclusion or exclusion – and what it means for effective climate action
  • How involving women in climate action includes all people’s skills and knowledge improves outcomes.

Module 3: Assessing people’s climate risks and resilience

Learning objective of module 3:

  • A conceptual overview of how we understand and measure people’s vulnerability,  risks and resilience associated with climate change, with reference to gender and other forms of social diversity
  • Introduction to resilience assessment tools.

Module 4: Assess options for and plan gender-responsive, socially-inclusive climate solutions

  •  Powerpoint slides: Assess options for and plan gender-responsive, socially-inclusive climate solutions. For facilitators.
  • Participant handout: Prioritising resilience actions (ICLEI-ACCCRN resilience interventions options tool)
  • Facilitators’ handout: Facilitator’s instructions for the Climate and Society game.
  • Game-play card set: Climate and Society game sets. An introductory overview of the cards is available on this CDKN web page. Each set comprises: Title (welcome) card; Scenario card of the fictional setting of the game; Character cards, including the Environment Officer / Climate Change Officer Character who is the discussion leader of each small group. Although originally designed to be played face to face, this interactive, serious fun game can be modified for use online!

Learning objective of module 4:

To learn:

  • How to funnel the assessment of people’s climate-related development needs, risks and capacities into an assessment of possible solutions using complementary methods.
  • Ideas for taking the range of solutions and mapping them to a project or programme plan that will deliver improved outcomes for women and girls, and for everyone.

Module 5: Commit equity responsive budget

Learning objective of module 5:

To learn:

  • Frameworks for allocating resources to achieve climate-smart gender-responsive objectives
  • How you could apply these frameworks to your programmes and projects.

Module 6: Implement projects and programmes inclusively

  • Powerpoint slides: Implement projects and programmes inclusively. For facilitators.
  • Case study publication to accompany the slides: Rural Ethiopian women diversify livelihoods and boost entire communities’ resilience.
  • Facilitator’s handout: GESI bingo game. Incorporates instructions for facilitators at the top, but the later pages should be printed and distributed to players as follows: the bingo cards (ie the pages where the players fill in the table with ‘what I am doing already’ or ‘what I could do’) and the game cards with ‘solutions’ (to be printed and cut out into rectangles and placed face down in a pile by each group of players).

Learning objective of module 6:

To learn:

  • Key operational measures that will ensure inclusivity of diverse people’s talents and needs in programme delivery
    • Target- and indicator-driven operational measures (quantitative)
    • Work and organisational culture issues (more qualitative)
  • Why these things matter, and why it’s important to get them right.