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Gender Mainstreaming in Green Climate Fund projects

Our Gender Assessment and Gender Action plan has assisted Climate Fund Managers to apply a gender-responsive and gender sensitive approach to implementing their investments.


Client: Climate Fund Managers
Dates: March 2022 – August 2022

Climate Fund Managers (CFM) is an investment management company that aims to mitigate and build resilience to climate change by providing financing solutions for infrastructure developed in the renewable energy, water sanitation and ocean sectors.

Our Gender Assessment and Gender Action plan helps CFM understand how women and men are affected differently by the climate change-related issues that their investments will address in three main areas:

  1. Access to and management of water and sanitation (WASH) services
  2. The protection and management of wetland, coastal and marine ecosystems
  3. The development of climate resilient port infrastructure

Out work forms part of CFM’s funding proposal to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to invest in in infrastructure for water and sanitation services, the use and protection of wetlands, coastal and marine ecosystems as well as climate resilient ports in up to 25 countries.

Our role

Our assessment identified the opportunities and barriers to a gender-responsive and gender-sensitive implementing approach, particularly opportunities where women specifically can act as agents of change, and how this can be best facilitated.

We then synthesised our findings into a workable gender action plan which provides further details on how CFM and its partners will take advantage of the opportunities available to promote gender equality internally within Project Companies and in communities where their fund supports investment.

Methods and approaches

The preparation of our Gender Assessment comprised of four main components:

  1. A global evidence review of 85 studies in the areas of WASH, wetlands, coastal and marine protection and port infrastructure.
  2. Analysis of national WASH, climate change and gender policies in 19 priority countries.
  3. Analysis of selected SDG related quantitative datasets available for access to WASH, the protection of wetland, coastal and marine ecosystems and girls’ education.
  4. Stakeholder analysis in the 19 priority countries to map actors in the WASH sector and engage stakeholders in the Gender Assessment process.

These steps created our gender assessment, which fed into the creation of our gender action plan based on our findings.

Outcomes and impact

Our analysis and assessment helped CFM to ensure they have a gender mainstreamed approach to implementing their investments. Our work also laid the foundations for CFM to produce a gender-responsive results framework applicable to several contexts in the chosen countries.


Team members
Daan Schuttenbelt Edward Hedley George Murray