ARC upholds the gender equality principle in all its activities within the Agency as well as with its Member States. In this regard, ARC systematically builds a gender perspective into its operations and policies with the goal of transforming DRM approaches to ensure gender equality for vulnerable women and men in ARC Member States.
In pursuance of the goal above, the following three objectives guide ARC’s gender mainstreaming approach:
Institutionalize gender and DRM for innovative knowledge development and management
ARC, through a flagship initiative entitled ‘Gender and DRMF Platform’, mobilises DRM partners and practitioners including, Governments, Humanitarian actors, CSOs, Private Sector and Research, to develop continent-wide innovative approaches to fill the knowledge gap on gender and DRM.
Build institutional and individual capacities and tools for mainstreaming gender in DRM
ARC builds the capacity of partners to integrate gender in DRM processes by supporting Member States to conduct DRM targeted gender analysis. Actions undertaken lead to the development of (i) tools and guidelines for gender transformative DRM capacity building, (ii) standards for gender transformative contingency plan and (ii)standards for gender sensitive M&E.
Engage in sustained policy dialogue and advocacy for a gender transformative DRM policy environment
In line with the risk financing instrument of ARC, this objective contributes to a policy environment that enables gender sensitive culture of insurance as well as other DRM financing mechanisms including social protection programmes.
ARC’s efforts to integrate gender issues in its interventions are channeled through the project life cycle at the following entry points:
- Scoping mission: Gender specific interventions at this point are focused on Gender analysis through the use of a participatory self-assessment methodology such as the Gender audit tool.
- Country strategy paper: ARC ensures that the CSP is gender sensitive, at the minimal, and gender transformative, at best.
- Programme set up and MoU: MoU negotiations and actions identified to be undertaken by the Government will include commitment of the Member State to ensure gender balance in the selection of Government Coordinator, Programme Supervisor as well as nomination of relevant experts to be part of the Technical Working Groups. A cross cutting sub-group of the TWG on Gender, advocacy and communication will be set up to ensure sustained advocacy and communication/information on gender and DRM issues.
- Capacity building trainings and workshops: A gender specific objective and training module will be included in ARC’s capacity building process.
- Africa RiskView Customisation Review Committee and Contingency Planning Technical Review Committee: The CRC’s composition as well as its ToR will be gender sensitive to ensure that its recommendations are capable of responding to gender issues in ARC’s interventions.
- Certificate of Good Standing: Gender responsiveness of the Countries Operational Plan will be visibly recognized as one of the requirements to be taken into consideration for the award of a Certificate of Good Standing.
- Final Implementation Plan: Reports from Member States on activity implementation would address gender issues through a dedicated section. Furthermore, the ToR for the evaluation process of the Final Implementation Plan would be gender sensitive to ensure efficient gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation of the process.
ARC will also seek to partner with Humanitarian actors, CSO partners, the Private Sector and development partners to engage in gender transformative activities throughout the DRM spectrum through a dedicated gender transformative fund.
ARC’s gender mainstreaming efforts also focus on the internal operations of the Agency to ensure gender sensitive personnel and gender responsive systems and procedures to accompany Member States in the gender and DRM journey.