Evaluation Plus: GEM's Other Uses


Evaluation Plus: GEM's Other Uses

WNSP's Policy Advocacy Work

The GEM tool has informed WNSP's policy work through its conceptual papers expounding a critique on gender and ICTs. The analysis and positions in these papers have been used as the main basis for WNSP's advocacy positions in the current preparatory activities for the World Summit on the Information Society. Advocacy for integrating a gender perspective in ICT programs and policies was high on the agenda of WNSP's recommendations. WNSP has been a leading gender advocate in all WSIS regional and global Preparatory Meetings held in Bamako, Tokyo, Bucharest, Bavaro and Geneva. APC WNSP 's gender Issues Paper for WSIS can be found in www.genderit.org and in the APC Publication "Involving Civil Society in ICT Policy" http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=14223

There are early indications that in the area of policy development, GEM's initial work in identifying gender and ICT indicators will have an impact. The development of gender and ICT indicators has been consistently taken up as part of policy recommendations.

Outside of the WNSP and our partners, we have been asked to present the GEM tool in numerous events and many organisations have asked us about how to use the tool.
The promotion and dissemination of GEM has expanded and reached new audiences. The GEM project was presented in several international activities including the Second Global Congress of Citizens Networks, Buenos Aires, Argentina, December, 2001; World Association of Christian Communication World Congress, December 2001; Symposium on Gender Equality and ICTs Development in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, April 2002; KnowHow Conference, Kampala, Uganda, August 2002; AWID Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico, October 2002; Global Communities Network, Montreal, Canada, October, 2002; Pacific Islands Regional ICT Consultation, Suva, Fiji, April 9-11, 2003; UNESCO Expert Group Meeting on "Digital Inclusion and Social Change: Technologies and Strategies", Paris, France, July 14, 2003; and the Forum on ICT and Gender, Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia, August 27-30, 2003.

GEM Service

In keeping with APC WNSP's focus on building its overall capacity in delivering sustainable GEM service to a much wider audience, the project has involved 26 WNSP members from its networking regions. Members have been trained through the GEM regional workshops and are involved in actual evaluation of projects. GEM has also been used as a framework in:

  • Mainstreaming gender in national ICT policy development
  • Integrating a gender perspective in e-governance and political participation programs
  • Developing a framework for gender and ICT research

GEM team members have also successfully applied GEM in gender and ICT consultancy projects for international agencies.

Table 5: GEM related consultancies

Project
International Agency
GEM Application
Output
E-Governance for Efficiency and Effectiveness Program,
Bilateral Co-operation with Philippine Government
Canadian International Development Agency Assess capacity of Philippine government to mainstream gender in e-governance project using GEM framework Gender Audit of current e-governance programsGender indicators e-governance program
UNIFEM Support For E-Quality in The Information Society (Eastern Europe) UNIFEM Provision of technical advice on gender and ICT issues in relation to overall WSIS process including integration of gender dimension in European Economic Commission policy paper. Recommendations in developing a gender and ICT program to help strengthen women associations and movements in Eastern Europe UNIFEM Policy paper and presentation at WSIS regional meeting in Bratislava on November 7.

GEM Team members act as resource persons for UNIFEM's program development workshop.

Gender and ICT in CEE/CIS: Assessment of the state of ICT from gender perspective United Nations Development Program/UNIFEM Central and Eastern Europe Office Identification of best practices, challenges and lessons learned; Gender analysis of key initiatives, activities, programmes, projects undertaken (or planned) by different stakeholders in the region Report mapping the situation with regard Gender & ICT, identifying problems and providing recommendations
Gender and ICT in CEE/CIS:
Engendering the E-governance Academy UNDP Project, Estonia
United Nations Development Program,
Central and Eastern Europe Office
GEM methodology will be applied to the existing course curriculum, with a view to advising as to how the curriculum could be modified to incorporate a gender perspective Guideline for mainstreaming gender into the current
curriculum of E-governance Academy
International Seminar- Equality and Gender Unit Equality and Gender Unit, Regional Government of Andalucia, Spain Introducing GEM to local national government of Spain and local and regional government of Andalucia, people
working in the Structural Funds initiatives, Gender
Equality Machinery all over Spain, Universities and gender experts.
Conducted two workshops for over 100 participants.
ICT for Development Seed Grants Global Knowledge Partnership Using GEM as a framework for developing evaluation plans for ICT projects Evaluation and Monitoring Plans (that integrates a gender perspctive) for 9 ICT seed grants projects. Ongoing.
Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GENARDIS) Small Grants Fund Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA), The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and theInternational Development Research Center (IDRC) Using GEM to develop an evaluation and monitoring plan for the Grants Program. Evaluation and Monitoring Plan. Ongoing.

GEM in 2004

Two thousand and four will be a bumper year for the GEM project. After two years of field-testing, refining the GEM tool, training a network of GEM practitioners and presenting GEM in numerous forums all over the world, WNSP will reap a rich harvest of resources, lessons and skills. We offer these significant insights and new directions for projects and initiatives, policy interventions and more meaningful use of ICTs for and by women worldwide. And, we expect that this process will also facilitate the creation of a network of "gender equality and ICT champions" (both individuals and organisations), with increased capacity in evaluation, policy advocacy, and training. We hope that this bumper crop will be a significant contribution towards sustainability of women's ICT networking initiatives and the strengthening of gender accountability in ICT initiatives and projects in general.

When you visit the APC WNSP - GEM knowledge sharing site next year, expect a new, revised version of the GEM tool that you can use or download, with more exercises, examples of indicators and methodologies and reports of GEM testers' evaluations. The site will include an interactive feature for GEM users and you will be able to add your own indicators and methodologies.

We will also include GEM guides for specific uses such as GEM for Telecentres (a resource being developed Chasquinet, one of our GEM testers), GEM for planning and GEM for ICT policy analysis. The GEM tool will also be translated in more languages including French and Arabic.

The APC WNSP network sees this work as part of our advocacy to promote the strategic use of ICTs for women's empowerment and equality.

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