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6th IGES Evening Cafe

How to Address the Needs of Women:
Regional Launch of the USAID Online Sourcebook for Integrating Gender in Climate Change Adaptation Projects

Date 2 December 2014
Venue Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, Bangkok
Organiser Regional centre, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
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Summary

The 6th Evening Café, held on 2 December 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand, was organised by the IGES Regional Centre in collaboration with the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project. The event drew over 35 Thailand-based participants from international development organisations, Thai government agencies, NGOs, research institutes, and the general public.

The event served as a platform for USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific to launch an online sourcebook to help ensure that gender considerations are incorporated into climate change adaptation projects.

Speaking at the Café were Mr. Bob Dobias, Senior Advisor for Capacity Building, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific; Ms. Suphasuk Pradubsuk, Regional Environment Office Gender Focal Point, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia; Dr. Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Foundation; and Mr. Yusuke Taishi, Regional Technical Specialist, UNDP.

The panel speakers presented on the development and use of the online gender sourcebook. Mr. Dobias, who led the design of the sourcebook, noted that integrating gender into project design makes for stronger projects and positions them to better access funding and other resources. The sourcebook, he added, organises key gender information in a way that is useful to project designers.

The other panel speakers – Ms. Pradubsuk, Dr. Ravadee, and Mr. Taishi – pointed out that gender is oftentimes not included at the project inception stage and a focus on gender in adaptation projects is needed to directly benefit women. Women, as often primary managers of water, food, and fuel for families, have an essential role to play in sustainable resource management and thus adapting to climate change. The speakers emphasised that adaptation project preparation need to move towards a more meaningful engagement not only with women but also with men to more effectively mainstream gender.

The panel presentation was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mr. Dobias. Participants engaged in a lively discussion which focused on changing attitudes among project proponents to effectively mainstream gender, finding tangible incentives to make sector-specific projects into gender projects, and developing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure gender impacts on-ground and in policy-making.

The sourcebook, hosted on the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) Web Portal, enables project proponents to design gender-responsive climate change adaptation measures as well as projects by providing targeted, sector-specific guidance and real-life examples that are easy to follow and navigate on laptops and mobile devices. The sourcebook is accessible via this link: http://asiapacificadapt.net/gender-sourcebook

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