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GEM is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change.

GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are really improving women's lives and gender relations as well as promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social levels.

The guide provides users with an overview of the evaluation process (including links to general evaluation resources) and outlines suggested strategies and methodologies for incorporating a gender analysis throughout the evaluation process. GEM does not contain step-by-step instructions to conducting evaluations.

GEM is not simply an evaluation tool. It can also be used to ensure that a gender concerns are integrated into a project planning process.

Finally, GEM is an evolving guide! In its practical use we encourage critical thoughts and creative adaptations. Throughout this web site you will find forms where you can submit your comments, suggestions, stories, strategies, or resources.

Who is GEM Designed for?

GEM is intended to meet the needs of ICT practitioners seeking appropriate gender analysis tools and frameworks for their information and communication technology (ICT) interventions.

The tool is for APC WNSP members as well as other practitioners who share a common commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment in ICTs, including:

  • ICT initiatives for social change
  • Project managers and project staff using ICT in projects without a specific gender or women's focus
  • Evaluators working in the IT field
  • Donors and development agency staff working in the IT field
  • Gender focal points that support women's and IT issues
  • Policy makers
  • ICT planners
  • Consultants in the area of gender and ICTs
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