Desk Review of 18 UNDAFs in Europe and Central Asia

Europe and Central Asia, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

This document was prepared by the United Nations Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Issue-Based Coalition on Gender Equality (IBC-Gender) with the aim to analyze the UNDAF and CCA documents from a gender perspective in order to assess the gender-responsiveness of UN common country programming at the country level in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. The analysis of the 18 UNDAFs and 16 CCAs indicates that there have been significant efforts and progress to apply twin-track approach of gender to UNDAFs in the ECA region. However, key findings from this analysis also show that gaps remain to promote gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in a systematic manner through the UNDAF planning process. This revised report also illustrates some differences and similarities among the four generations of UNDAFs. A comparative analysis of UNDAF roll-outs shows an increase in gender-responsiveness at both the outcome and indicator levels with each new generation. As countries and territories undertake the Mid-term Review and new CCA exercises, the recommendations in this report can guide strengthened gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment programming.

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