M&E Note 9: Gender and Social Inclusion

Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) is a core focus of the Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund. Ensuring that women and girls have equal opportunity, representation and involvement in WASH programs, and benefit equally from their outcomes, makes sense not just from a human rights perspective, but also for the sustainability of WASH program outcomes and ensuring

long term impacts. Innovative approaches to ensuring the full participation of women in all aspects of WASH has been shown to significantly enhance the sustainability of WASH interventions.


Similarly, Australia’s aid program aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (and before that the Millennium Development Goals) which has pledged to leave no one behind, thus ensuring that minority groups, marginalised people and those who are currently excluded from full partic ipation in and benefit from aid investments have the opportunity to fully participate. This includes people with disabilities and to this end Australia has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and is committed to ensuring development activities include and benefit people with disabilities.


The Fund was designed with these considerations in mind, and the Fund’s performance assessment arrangements reflect these priorities. All projects in the Fund were required to demonstrate how women, girls, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups would participate in and benefit from the Fund’s investments. Many Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have GESI as core components of their work and so were already aligned with the Fund’s requirements. Across the Fund there are numerous examples of innovative approaches to GESI, and significant achievements. An overview of these initiatives and achievements is presented in the sections that follow.

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