In its effort to continually promote and utilize the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) for Project Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) 7 conducted a half-day orientation on the guidelines for members of its GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) and technical staff on January 14.
The guidelines were developed to provide NEDA, ODA donors, government agencies and other development practitioners a common instrument in integrating gender perspectives in development programs and projects.
In use since 2005, the sectoral GAD checklists included in the guidelines have expanded from only eight to the current 20. Among the latest additions is the Development Planning checklist to ensure that not only programs and projects are gender responsive but also development plans and budgets.
The orientation was part of the re-entry plan of the NRO 7 participant to the Training of Trainers on the HGDG conducted in Laguna last November 26-29, 2018. It focused on the key features of the HGDG and the different GAD checklists for project development, project management and implementation, and project monitoring and evaluation.
The activity also served as forum for the staff to review the usefulness of the GAD checklists to the NRO major functions of project appraisal, project development, investment programming, project monitoring and evaluation, and development planning. Certain activities were proposed to ensure the utilization of the guidelines in the exercise of these functions.
The need for capacity building on gender analysis and deepening sessions on the application of the checklists was also highlighted.