Gender inequality slows down economic and social development and constitutes an obstacle to
good governance. Without harnessing the full human capital and economic potential of women,
countries cannot prosper. Similarly, studies have shown that women’s lack of access to education
and health services hinders poverty reduction. Empowering women and advancing gender equality
is therefore a long-term driver for growth and competitiveness in a globalised world. It leads to
inclusive and sustainable development, faster poverty reduction and speedier progress toward
MDG attainment. Gender integration also adds transparency and openness into the policy process.
Gender mainstreaming is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
This programme will enhance participants’ understanding of the ways in which gender matters for
effective policy-making and governance. It will familiarise participants with different practical tools
and techniques for facilitating gender analysis and integration, and elucidate how gender can be
incorporated into all aspects of development processes. It will explore the benefits and outcomes
of gender mainstreaming, familiarise participants with lessons of international best practice and
highlight how these can help address challenges they face in their home organisations. The
programme will be delivered by a team of international experts in the field of gender, development
and public policy. This programme is designed for professionals involved in policy planning, implementation and
evaluation, including policy makers, development practitioners, public service managers,
parliament staff and government officials.