NEPAD’s Gender Program as the institutional mechanism is in charge of the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment works to unlock the potential of Africa’s most untapped assets, Women.
Gender development within the NEPAD Agency is therefore primarily driven by the Gender program and its flagship projects, the NEPAD Spanish Fund for Women’s Empowerment which is a 20 million Euro grant provided through the Spanish Government.
The overall long term outcome of the NEPAD Spanish Fund is to promote gender equality and increase the capacities and autonomy of African women, in order to contribute to the acceleration of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 5.(Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)
The specific Outcomes of the NEPAD Spanish Fund is to support actions on gender equality and women’s empowerment, specifically linked to improving women’s economic, political and social empowerment and full use of their rights, within the framework of the SDG 5 in sub-Saharan African countries.
The Fund provides financial and technical support to women’s grassroots organizations, civil society organizations government institutions and Regional Economic Communities to unleash their economic potential, fight poverty, create wealth and contribute to the attainment of the Goal 17 Full Gender Equality in all Spheres of Life and associated priorities (Women and Girls Empowered and of the First Ten Year Implementation Plan of A 63 and SDG 5 of achieving gender equality and empowerment all women and girls.
77 projects have been supported since its inception in 2007 in 35 countries in Sub-Sahara Africa.
More than half million women benefited directly from the Fund in areas such as business skills and vocational training, agriculture, nutrition and value chain, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), development of women ‘s SMEs, microfinance, income generation, promotion of women’s right, advocacy for promoting women’s participation and leadership in decision making , Gender-Based Violence (GBV), gender mainstreaming and employment among others. The Fund has contributed to women’s economic empowerment through skills transfer, access to finance and the set-up of businesses.
At institutional level, the capacities of government institutions and civil society organizations including grassroots women’s organizations have been strengthened. This has led to an increased representation and effective participation of women in decision making processes in political parties, local governments, the private sector and Civil Society Organizations; in sound implementation of their National Plans for eradication and prevention of Gender Based Violence in some of the most affected countries.
The NEPAD/Spanish Fund is foreseen to end in 2017. Therefore the purpose of doing this consultancy with the aim for developing the final cumulative results of the Fund as well as identify the best practices of the NEPAD/Spanish Fund.
The main objective of this consultancy is the collection of knowledge intensive products (data, information, best practices, visible results and images) in a formats that are easily accessible, visual, meaningful and understandable, and digested for different audiences for the cumulative results achieved by of NEPAD/Spanish Fund since its inception in 2007 up to date.
The Consultant shall carry out the outlined tasks below as follows:
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