Gender and social protection in South Asia

An assessment of the design of non-contributory programmes

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This comparative study enquires on the gender-sensitivity of the designs of 50 national non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asian countries and their impacts on gender outcomes. It finds that, although programmes targeting or prioritising women are present in most countries, they generally did not have objectives specifically linked to gender. Programmes were rarely found to challenge gender norms and although most gathered gender-disaggregated information, monitoring and evaluation did not provide enough information on gender-based outcomes. Gender-sensitive grievance and complaints mechanisms and monitoring and evaluation, as well as assessments of gender indicators prior to programme implementation are among the recommendations put forward by this study.

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Raquel Tebaldi, Charlotte Bilo
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