Development Connect signed a partnership for a 2016/2017 assignment to provide senior advisory and consultancy services on Gender and Resilience with UN Women’s Regional Office for East and Southern Africa (ESARO) and UNFAO’s Sub-Regional Resilience Team for Eastern Africa in September 2016.
Together with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) teams and in close collaboration with the UN Women regional economic empowerment team, and a technical committee, comprising experts from UN Women, UNFAO Resilience Team for Eastern Africa, UNFAO Regional Office for Africa, UNFAO Headquarters and other (UN) chief actors on the resilience agenda, Development Connect, represented by its director Raymond Brandes, will provide strategic and technical leadership in the review of existing regional and national resilience strategies, programmes, good practices, mid-term reviews and evaluation reports including policies and development frameworks that IGAD has put in place for resilience building, undertake consultations at regional and country levels, and support the preparation and implementation of two regional meetings.
With a strong gender focus and lens and with particular attention to gender needs in the resilience dimensions of environment and natural resource management, climate smart technologies, market access, trade and financial services, land access, livelihood support and basic services, disaster risk management, preparedness and response, research and knowledge management, conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, migration, coordination and multi sectoral partnerships, Development Connect will further help design a Joint Theory of Change on the key role of women in building resilience and then in accelerating implementation of the SDGs; take stock of key indicators and metrics related to gender and resilience, and develop an inventory of resilience innovative solutions, with a gender lens.
Furthermore, Development Connect will provides advisory services around the reformation of land and property rights and laws, climate smart agriculture – energy solutions – through expanded partnerships (including with private sector actors) and promoting women to move up the value chain.
Development Connect will participate in the Gender and Resilience Sharefair in 2016, and work closely with its research and knowledge working groups and lead components and key functions of the Sharefair including supporting the Technical Planning Committee, also to assist identify data gaps and provide advices on any further research needed. Learn more about our UN partners through Fao.org/africa and Africa.unwomen.org.