Gender equality is considered and assessed in all IndII activities from the design stage through to implementation and evaluation. IndII’s Gender Strategy and Plan is the principal framework and includes processes and tools to address gender requirements in its activities.
At the design stage, each activity is assessed using a screening tool to understand the extent to which an activity may impact on, or need to consider, gender equality issues. This results in an assessment ranging from low to high potential impact. High impact activities are those featuring community involvement, institutional capacity building and/or service delivery. For these activities a specific Gender Action Plan is developed and initiatives are monitored, evaluated and reported during implementation.
At IndII monitoring and evaluation of activities includes the collection of sex disaggregated quantitative and qualitative data and analysis of the participation, access and benefit of the program from a gender perspective. Progress towards established gender sensitive indicators is also monitored internally through six monthly progress reports. Case study evaluations, which investigate and assess successes, weaknesses and lessons learnt are completed for selected initiatives. Site visits and interviews with beneficiaries/partners are also conducted to gather qualitative insight, in addition to statistical figures on progress towards gender equality.
IndII’s approach in designing, implementing, and evaluating gender-sensitive activities is in line with Government of Australia (GoA) and Government of Indonesia (GoI) priorities and policies. The GoA’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy (February 2016) further outlines the Government’s approach and efforts to investment, which will be driven in three key areas where progress towards equality has been slow – women’s voice in decision-making, leadership, and peace-building; promoting women’s economic empowerment; and ending violence against women and girls. The Government of Indonesia (GoI) has also formulated a number of policies, decrees (such as no. 9/2000) and regulations (such as Regulation no. 15/2008; Regulation no. 67/2011 – Guidelines for Implementation of Gender Mainstreaming National Medium Term Development Plan [RPJMN] 2015-2019) which seek to ensure that women have equal opportunities.
Addressing the Needs of People with Disabilities in IndII Activities
During the activity design stage, the IndII gender and social inclusion team assesses the extent to which an activity may impact on, or need to consider, disability inclusion. This results in an assessment ranging from low to high potential impact. High impact activities are those featuring community involvement, institutional capacity building and/or service delivery. For these activities an action plan is developed and initiatives are monitored, evaluated and reported on during implementation.
IndII also recognises the importance of meaningfully engaging with persons with disabilities and representative organisations to ensure that concerns are heard and to support local decision making and advocacy. When designing and evaluating programs IndII also liaises with the umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities in Indonesia, Persatuan Penyandang Cacat Indonesia (Association of Indonesian People with Disabilities) and its provincial branches. IndII also consults with individual persons with disabilities as needed. Read more - Briefing Note on Addressing the Needs of People With Disabilities in IndII Activities.