Sweden grants SEK 500,000 for evaluation on Priority Gender Equality
In December 2012, the Government of Sweden and UNESCO concluded an agreement under which SEK 500,000 (USD 74,130) were donated to UNESCO to support an evaluation on Priority Gender Equality. The evaluation aims at providing answers to understand to what extent is UNESCO’s approach to promoting Gender Equality conductive to gender-responsive and gender-transformative programming, what results have been achieved so far and what factors have contributed to their achievement or non-achievement and what are UNESCO’s comparative advantages in the promotion of Gender Equality, and how should the Organization focus its work in the future.
The evaluation responds to a request by UNESCO’s Executive Board for an evaluation of priority Gender Equality as an input to the operational strategy for the medium-term period.
This evaluation exercise, together with a Participatory Gender Audit, recently conducted by ILO, will feed into a paper that UNESCO’s Internal Oversight Service is going to present at the upcoming session of the Executive Board in Spring 2013 in which key findings and recommendations to be taken into account in the next Medium-Term Strategy and Programme and Budget will be presented.
Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is one of UNESCO’s lead partners and donors providing support under a Programme Cooperation Agreement covering 4 years (PCA 2010-2013) through critical multi-donor programmes such as the CapEFA and the EFA Global Monitoring Report, as well as some trusts funds with UNESCO, and institutional support. This contribution from the Government comes in addition to annual contributions from Sida under the above-mentioned PCA.