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A Free Toolkit on Poverty Targeting, Gender Equality and Empowerment

Understanding people’s needs and priorities, their own perceptions of poverty, and placing them in the driver’s seat of the change process is the starting point for designing and implementing development interventions that are accessible and beneficial to both women and men, contributing to their own transformative processes.

This toolkit explains how to identify and address the diverse needs, constraints and opportunities of poor rural people through IFAD-supported projects and policy engagement. It provides an analytical framework through which to design and implement interventions that take into account the specific characteristics of each target group. In this way, it is possible to develop tailor-made pathways that feed into an overall theory of change at the project level. The toolkit operationalizes the principles outlined in IFAD policies on targeting, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and indigenous peoples. It will also be instrumental in achieving the goal set for a “gender transformative pathway” in IFAD projects, in which activities go beyond addressing the symptoms of gender inequality to tackling the underlying social norms, attitudes, behaviours, social systems and distribution of power and resources.

IFAD’s Policy on Targeting

IFAD’s mandate defines its target group as rural people living in poverty and experiencing food insecurity in developing countries. Within this broad group, IFAD aims to reach:

Capacity-building and empowerment are the cornerstones of IFAD’s approach to targeting. The focus is on enabling the active and informed inclusion of those often excluded, or who exclude themselves, from development processes.

IFAD’s approach to targeting is to empower the identified target group’s active participation in development projects, from design and planning through to project completion and achieving sustainable impacts.

Targeting measures are also used to create and sustain a supportive policy and institutional environment for targeted development, including the improvement of administrative procedures, institutions, laws and policies. Thus, targeting can foster social inclusion, gender equality and the empowerment of marginalized groups – within households and communities and at local and national levels.

You can download this guide for free here.

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