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Guides, tools and manuals

Practical tools, guides and manuals explaining how to address gender in water.
Tutorial for Water Managers: Why Gender Matters (2014)
Together with CapNet GWA has developed a self learning tool for water professionals and others interested in or responsible for managing water resources. This was published first in 2006, and has now been revised and updated. The tutorial wants to show how addressing gender will improve efficiency of water use and environmental sustainability. Therefore this tutorial first deals with the general concepts of gender and gender mainstreaming and then specifies to look at the following water sectors: drinking water, sanitation, agriculture and environment (including climate change). But apart from the "why" the tutorial also deals with the "how" of gender mainstreaming. To this end a quick-guide has been included at the beginning of the Tutorial, and in every chapter references and links to manuals, tools, resource centres and case studies are included.
Passport to Mainstreaming Gender in Water Programmes. Key questions for interventions in the agricultural sector (2012)
The Passport was developed for field staff involved in the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of water management projects for agricultural production; technicians and agents in local irrigation and extension services, NGOs and local government employees who work at field level, carry out the assessment of the local situation and have contact and negotiate with stakeholders using available water sources. It is a practical tool, designed for the rapid identification of the main gender-related problems and gaps that require attention during the design, implementation and monitoring of a agricultural water project or programme. It can also be used to identify gender aspects of existing problems in operational projects and provide inputs for improvements.
Gender & Climate Change: Toolkit For Women (2012)
This toolkit on Gender and Climate Change is part of an important endeavour by Isis International to explore innovative and strategic ways to communicate gender justice and climate justice issues, especially from Southern feminist perspectives.
Gender Scan Methodology for water utilities (2011)
The Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) has designed this Gender Scan Methodology to assist water and sanitation utilities in identifying how effectively they are mainstreaming gender in their policies, practices, and procedures, and to assist them in identifying areas where they can further strengthen gender mainstreaming. The gender scan methodology can be used to assess gender mainstreaming opportunities throughout the utility’s operations and management, or can be limited to a specific component or activity the utility would like to focus on.
FileTraining Guide: Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development (2011)
The purpose of this guide is to promote gender-responsive and socially-sensitive climate change research and development in the agriculture and food security sectors through participatory approaches. The guide focuses on the household and community level. It provides users with resources and tools for collecting, analysing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individual household members who are facing climatic changes.
Training Module on Gender and Waste: "No Capacity to Waste" (2010)
The objectives of this module are: To provide basic knowledge on gender issues; To provide basic knowledge on gender and empowerment; To train skills in analysing current practices on gender; To provide some ideas on how to mainstream gender in waste management; To provide basic exercises on gender. The target audience of the module are: Trainers of practitioners, i.e. staff of non-governmental organisations, local government staff, consultants, university staff, and others that are involved in the field of sustainable solid waste management.
Mainstreaming Gender into Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programs. A training manual for water professionals. (2007)
Manual developed by SNV and Protos for the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, Rwanda.
Policy Development Manual (2003)
This manual provides guidelines designed to help development organisations - government, donor or civil society - concerned with water management or service delivery to develop gender policies appropriate to their own organisational context. The Guidelines have been developed in response to demand from GWA member organisations – but will provide useful information to staff in any organisation striving to address gender issues in their work.
Advocacy Manual for Gender & Water Ambassadors (2002)
This Advocacy Manual has been developed to assist members of the Gender and Water Alliance who are involved in advocating for greater attention to gender issues within the water sector. The manual is principally aimed at "Gender Ambassadors" whose role is to influence debates in international and national water conferences and similar events, as well as in relation to national water policy development, implementation and monitoring. The manual includes guidelines on lobbying, speeches and conferences, a training module and case studies
Training of Trainers Modules: Gender Mainstreaming in Integrated Water Management (2002)
The Gender Mainstreaming in Integratred Water Managment Training of Trainers Package was developed in 2002, based on material and documentation of global experiences provided by various organizations and individuals. Here you can find the preliminary pages including the table of contents and the introduction of the package. The complete ToT course can be requested free of charge from GWA secretariat.
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