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Channels for action

5.17 Delivery of the DFID strategy will be through three main channels, defining focal areas for action. These are:

Support to governments, civil society, and the private sector for the accelerated implementation of the Platform for Action and the inclusion of gender equality goals in the mainstream of all development programmes

Stronger collaboration and co-ordination for the achievement of gender equality goals among donors, including the European Union, UN system, and the World Bank and other international financial institutions;

The strengthening of DFID's internal capacity through research and knowledge development, information support, and gender training.

Channel 1

Support to governments, civil society, and the private sector for the accelerated implementation of the Platform for Action, and the inclusion of gender equality goals in the mainstream of all development programme

5.18 DFID's work through the first channel will seek to strengthen the global commitment to more focused actions which will deliver measurable progress in the delivery of the Platform for Action. Bench-marking and target setting will be a necessary part of this process, and we will be willing to offer our support as appropriate to governments and others to help build capacity for statistical and other forms of measurement and impact assessment. We will also place strong emphasis on the need for gender equality goals to be pursued at the very heart of public policy and decision making.

5.19 We will follow up agreements at the international level in our negotiations with developing country governments over the priorities to be addressed through our country strategies, and with international organisations in relation to the aims and objectives of our institutional strategies.

5.20 A key role we will seek to play in promoting the inclusion of gender equality objectives in the mainstream of development assistance will be that of knowledge broker. To support this role, we will continue to invest in applied research and other knowledge development work, including the capturing and dissemination of good practice and lessons from experience. Our work in knowledge development will include a focus on new areas of analysis and activity, including such issues as the impact of globalisation on gender equality and the gender aspects of new development co-operation instruments such as sector-wide approaches (SWAPs).

Channel 2

Commitment to stronger collaboration and co-ordination for the achievement of gender equality goals among donors, including the European Union, UN system, and the World Bank and other international financial institution

5.21 The second channel recognises that there is a great deal of scope for stronger and more effective co-ordination within the donor community, and the establishment of much greater commitment among some donor agencies to gender equality goals.

5.22 We will continue to build on the leading role we already play in advancing understanding of gender and development issues among development colleagues, while at the same time gaining as much benefit as possible from the lessons drawn from the experience of others and the high quality knowledge development work done in the international community as a whole.

5.23 We will encourage the development of common country assessment frameworks as part of the UN reform process at the country level, and will also work to promote closer collaboration and complementarity of action between the UN funds and programmes and the international financial institutions. We will also continue to work closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat and support its role in developing new and innovative lines of work.

5.24 We will continue to build our collaborative relationships with the European Commission, including developing much closer collaboration on gender mainstreaming issues through country programmes. We wilt also continue to make an energetic contribution to central dialogue within the EU to maintain a strong policy framework for European development co-operation and a clear focus on achieving results. Our work with European colleagues will be a useful jumping off point for continued engagement with the wider framework for bilateral donor co-ordination established through the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

5.25 We will also continue to encourage the World Bank and the other development banks and international financial institutions to continue to build their expertise in gender analysis, and to factor the findings of this into their assistance and lending programmes.

Channel 3

The strengthening of DFID's internal capacity through knowledge development, information support, and gender training

5.26 The third channel refers to the strengthening of DFID's own capacity to be a good development partner in the pursuit of gender equality goals. While we have worked hard in this area, we are far from complacent about our own capabilities. We will continue to develop our technical capacity to advise on and support the development of gender equality policies; and to measure progress towards the achievement of gender equality goals. We will develop improved information support, lesson learning, and impact assessment systems and make full use of these in strengthening our own capacity, and that of others. We will maintain a critical view of our own contribution to development work in this area, and ensure that we are sufficiently self-critical of our own methods to learn real lessons from experience. We will also maintain and further strengthen the close working relationships we have established with other UK government departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Women's Unit in the Cabinet Office, to ensure policy consistency and the sharing of good practice55.

55 Examples of good practice in promoting women's empowerment, both in the UK and overseas, are contained in a recent Women's Unit/DFID/FCO join publication Equality in Practice, which was prepared for the five-year review of the Beijing conference.

5.27 We will keep our skills mix and specialist capabilities under constant review, to ensure that we are providing the right kind of professional support, in the right places and at the right times. Above all, we will seek to ensure that our work in support of gender equality goals is well-focused, practical, and directly linked to changes in the real world for the benefit of both women and men.