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Final Evaluation of UN Women’s ‘Men and Women for Gender Equality’ Programme

We are delivering the final evaluation of the UN Women's Men and Women for Gender Equality programme (MW4GE), assessing the overall performance of the programme and contributing towards building a body of evidence surrounding engaging men and women for gender equality and women's empowerment (GEWE).


The initiative is a flagship regional project in the Middle East and North Africa for UN Women and is providing innovative work in a relatively under-evaluated area.

The challenge

Over the past two and a half decades, there have been concerted global efforts to contribute to GEWE and the elimination of all forms of violence against women, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality.

UN Women works to empower women and girls and prevent violence against them in private and public spaces, for example by attempting to transform negative behaviours and social norms and advocating for policy and legislative reforms. MW4GE is one such transformative programme. MW4GE seeks to recognize, challenge and overcome the inequalities of power, influence and resources that can hinder gender equality progress across the Middle East and North Africa.

Our role

Itad is delivering a feminist and human rights-focused evaluation with a dual-focus:

  • Firstly, the evaluation aims to deliver a thorough assessment of whether UN Women’s investment has influenced intended outcomes and impact.
  • Secondly, it aims to provide insights into what has worked well (or not), in which context and why, and the potential for replication, while also contributing towards building a body of evidence in the area of engaging men and women for GEWE for other UN Women partners and sector players.

Our approach

The evaluation is being delivered through three distinct yet interconnected modules:

  1. Country case studies: aiming to assess how behavioural interventions have led to shifts in attitudes and practices in relation to GEWE.
  2. Programme Level Investment: aiming to assess how capacity building, evidence generation and knowledge sharing have contributed to institutional and policy changes in favour of GEWE.
  3. Synthesis: aiming to integrate information from a thorough desk review and aggregate this with evidence from modules 1 and 2 to build a story of why and how change has, or hasn’t, happened, as well as in which ways and contexts.

Expected outcomes and outputs

We will produce:

  1. Six country case studies (Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt) and two thematic case studies (social and gender norms, and knowledge management)
  2. A final evaluation report including synthesis of case studies, with additional programme performance lessons
  3. Summary brief

To learn more about this project contact: David Walker

Team members
David Walker Becky Sibson Abdulkareem Lawal