Support HIV/AIDS & Gender Mainstreaming

Project completed

Gender inequality is viewed worldwide as a human rights issue and a hindrance to social, political and economic development. In the Southern African region, various gender based disadvantages confront women including disease prevalence, negative cultural practices, male domination and unequal participation of men and women in decision-making. While there has been some progress, high levels of gender-based violence, political, social and economic imbalances point to persistent gender inequalities in many SADC  countries

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Health
Human rights
Agriculture & food security
Reproductive health & rights
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Agriculture value-chain development (til 2016)
01.10.2009 - 31.12.2015
CHF 780'000
Objectives

Staff and management of the Swiss Corporation Office and partner organisations. Key persons at ministries and SADC Secretariat. 

Target groups

Staff and management of the Swiss Corporation Office and partner organisations. Key persons at ministries and SADC Secretariat. 

Medium-term outcomes

The overall goal of the Support to HIV/AIDS and Gender Mainstreaming project is to ensure gender equity and HIV concerns are embedded within the domains of SDC’s Regional Programme Southern Africa (RPSA) in order to contribute to the achievement of equity between men and women in all aspects of social, political and economic development.

 

Specifically, the projects aims to ensure

 

  • Improved quality of the regional programme in Southern Africa by reducing gender inequalities

  • Increase in gender sensitive policies and strategies at national and regional levels.

Results

Expected results:  

It is intended that by the end of this phase, the following would have been achieved;

  • 70 percent of projects have integrated gender equality and HIV perspectives

  • Institutional frameworks/strategies on gender/HIV exist

  • 70 percent of partner reports show gender results including sex disaggregated data

  • Evidence from three action research leads to gendered and HIV sensitive RPSA, projects and policies

  • Two documented case studies at project level shared

Technical support and trainings provided to SCO and partners


Results from previous phases:  

In the previous phase, a baseline study was conducted to access current policies on gender mainstreaming. The study revealed that gender inequality is not systematically mainstreamed in the RPSA and the majority of the partners’ projects. It showed that there were no gender HIV strategies to guide mainstreaming gender in organisations. The majority of projects lacked gender baselines as well as indicators. In addition to the baseline study, two capacity-building workshops were held for SCO staff. A workshop in partnership with the World Bank, attended by ministers of Gender/Women of the SADC region was also held. 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner


Other partners

SCO and partner organisations

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   780'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   228'521
Project phases

Phase 1 01.10.2009 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)