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Evaluation of the Gavi Alliance’s Gender Policy (2014-2018)

The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4, aimed to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the global under-five mortality rate. As one of the most efficient health practices, immunisation was key to addressing this goal. It dramatically increases protection from disease in immunised people as well as in the wider population and is one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives, improve health and ensure long-term prosperity.


The success of existing and future vaccine coverage will depend on the ability of low-income countries to attain high and equitable levels of coverage despite social and gender-related barriers. 

Our role

To support this agenda, we worked with Gavi to inform the future direction and revision of its Gender Policy, with an additional aim to guide discussions for the development of its 2021-2025 strategy (‘Gavi 5.0’) 

Our approach

To achieve this, we used theorybased, mixed methods and utilisation-focused approach to the evaluation in order to create engagement and a sense of ownership among the intended users, particularly country partners. Using participatory methods, we developed a re-constructed Theory of Change that explained the main change pathways for gender mainstreaming results within Gavi, and we also led co-creation activity to ensure that all recommendations were practical and relevant to Gavi’s wider impact agenda. 

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Image © Preparing a measles vaccine in Ethiopia. Credit: Pete Lewis / DFID (CC BY 2.0)

Team members