From practical to strategic changes: Strengthening gender in WASH

This is the Final Research Report from Plan International's Innovation and Impact Fund Grant which examined the impact of the Gender and WASH Monitoring Tool (GWMT) on the achievement of strategic gender outcomes in Vietnam.

This research examined the impact of the Gender and WASH Monitoring Tool (GWMT) on the achievement of strategic gender outcomes in Vietnam. Strategic gender outcomes, sometimes referred to as strategic gender interests, are those that move beyond practical changes in roles and relationships between women and men, to those that indicate a shift in power relations towards increased gender equality. The GWMT is an innovative monitoring tool developed by Plan and utilised in its CS WASH Fund project in Vietnam.

Research findings presented in this report show that there has been considerable positive strategic gender change in the sites were Plan undertakes WASH programming. However, the research did not find a direct link between the achievement of strategic gender outcomes and the use of the GWMT. Research revealed that on its own the GWMT used on an annual basis cannot be expected to engender strategic gender outcomes. 

This research has reiterated that change processes towards gender equality are complex, are not linear, are influenced by a range of factors and can require a range of stakeholders to catalyse and reinforce positive gender equality outcomes for these changes to take place. 

This research study was a partnership between the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS), Plan International Australia (PIA), Plan International Vietnam and The Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES) Vietnam National University. The research was carried out in 2016 in three central Provinces of Vietnam. 

 

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