Gender in climate action training pack: A resource for practitioners

Gender in climate action training pack: A resource for practitioners

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Author: CDKN Global

CDKN has developed a pack of presentations and exercises for facilitators to use in training settings, to help climate and development professionals to integrate gender perspectives into climate projects and programmes. Specifically, the training aims to help participants:

  • Understand internationally accepted and widely committed frameworks for gender equality in development and climate action.
  • Understand why gender and social inclusion are relevant to climate policies, programmes and activities.
  • Learn how to think critically about gender and social inclusion issues throughout a typical programme / project cycle, from the design and consultation stages, through planning, budgeting, delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Appreciate how gender-responsive and socially-inclusive approaches increase the effectiveness and sustainability of climate action; and how gender-blind approaches undermine the effectiveness of climate action.
  • Learn about tried, tested and recommended tools for identifying and addressing gender- and social inclusion-related concerns and be able to apply them, through guided group work and practice.
  • Learn how to set outcomes, targets and indicators for gender-equitable, socially inclusive outcomes and how to develop budgets to ensure that activities achieve these outcomes.
  • Learn from the experiences of other practitioners. As well as all providing best practice examples from CDKN and international sources, in of the training modules and exercises are designed so that participants share knowledge and experience with each other.

Who is the pack for?

The training pack is for: Facilitators – people who will present the pack, or components of it, to others:

  • Gender and social inclusion specialists who are looking for a wider range of tips, tactics, tools and exercises with which to raise the awareness, understanding and capacity of other colleagues to integrate gender and social inclusion in climate action.
  • Climate and development professionals with some knowledge of and openness to gender and social inclusion issues, who can use the modules and references contained therein to deepen their own knowledge and so gain the confidence to use the materials for training others.

Trainees – people who will benefit from trainings that use the materials in this pack:

  • Climate and development professionals who are charged with designing, delivering (including budgeting for), monitoring, evaluating and adaptive programming of climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation interventions. The materials in this pack have very broad applicability across these domains. Given the evidence that we present on the importance of gender-responsiveness and social inclusion in running effective climate projects and programmes, we assert that the approaches suggested in the training pack are not just for people with a formal mandate in these issues; the approaches are for everyone who is working on climate compatible development.

What is the make-up of the modules and what topics do they cover?

Introductory slides

If desired, the facilitator may benefit from these short introductory slides, which summarise the contents of the full course and can be tailored to suit the circumstances.

Module 1: International and national frameworks

Learning objective of module 1: To learn about international policy frameworks that relate to climate action and women’s and girls’ empowerment:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Sendai Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction (climate-related disasters)
  • The Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • And the related United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Module 2: Why a gender approach is needed

Learning objective of module 2: To learn about:

  • How people are differently impacted by climate change
  • Why gender matters and how to think about the intersection of gender and other forms of social inclusion or exclusion – and what it means for effective climate action
  • How involving women in climate action includes all people’s skills and knowledge improves outcomes.

Module 3: Assessing people’s climate risks and resilience

Learning objective of module 3: To acquire:

  • A conceptual overview of how we understand and measure people’s vulnerability,  risks and resilience associated with climate change, with reference to gender and other forms of social diversity
  • Introduction to resilience assessment tools.

Module 4: Assess options for and plan gender-responsive, socially-inclusive climate solutions

Learning objective of module 4: To learn:

  • How to funnel the assessment of people’s climate-related development needs, risks and capacities into an assessment of possible solutions using complementary methods.
  • Ideas for taking the range of solutions and mapping them to a project or programme plan that will deliver improved outcomes for women and girls, and for everyone.

Module 5: Commit equity responsive budget

Learning objective of module 5: To learn:

  • Frameworks for allocating resources to achieve climate-smart gender-responsive objectives
  • How you could apply these frameworks to your programmes and projects.

Module 6: Implement projects and programmes inclusively

Learning objective of module 6: To learn:

  • Key operational measures that will ensure inclusivity of diverse people’s talents and needs in programme delivery
    • Target- and indicator-driven operational measures (quantitative)
    • Work and organisational culture issues (more qualitative)
  • Why these things matter and why it’s important to get them right.

Who developed the pack?

The pack was developed by staff of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Since 2018, CDKN has been led by South Africa-based organisation SouthSouthNorth (SSN), working closely with its partners Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) in Quito, Ecuador, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia in Delhi, India and ODI in London, United Kingdom.

The principal author of the training pack was Mairi Dupar, ODI, and with significant substantive contributions throughout by Bedoshruti Sadhukhan and Geeta Sandal (ICLEI South Asia) and Patricia Velasco (FFLA). Further elements of the pack, particularly the games, were based on concepts developed by Patricia Velasco and Camelia Sofiea (FFLA) and Janot Mendler de Suarez, a colleague at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; these colleagues have been credited for their specific intellectual property, in the relevant exercises.

We would like to note that the current edition of the training pack, published here, was finalised between December 2020 and June 2021. We are committed to updating it throughout 2021 as policies and programmes are likewise updated; please send suggestions for content updates to  

We gratefully acknowledge that some of the thinking behind the project cycle approach came from Virginie Le Masson (ODI) and the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat’s gender integration materials. Elements of the pack benefited from the insights of Arsema Andargatchew, Suzanne Carter and Michelle du Toit (SSN) and Katharine Vincent (Kulima Integrated Development Solutions).

A range of donors supports CDKN’s work. Some of CDKN’s foundational work on gender in climate action was developed with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2010-2017. Since June 2018, our core funders have been the Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.




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