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CIDA's Gender Equality Policy of 1999 situates gender equality as a "cross-cutting" theme for all Canadian development cooperation initiatives. The Evaluation found a strong ongoing Agency commitment to gender equality. The majority of results correspond to the objectives of increasing women's access to resources and benefits, and advancing women's equal participation as decision-makers, as exemplified by successful country level gender equality initiatives in Ghana; Bangladesh; Tanzania, Senegal and Egypt. The Agency's leadership in advocating for gender equality has also fostered an enabling environment with positive impact on partners. The Policy continues to be relevant.
Despite the considerable success of gender equality programming, the report noted some areas for improvement. Recommendations for improvement focused on: developing a Corporate Gender Equality Action Plan, securing budget for gender equality initiatives, knowledge creation within and outside CIDA, training for staff, strengthening the Agency's ability to engage staff and partners to ensure that gender-sensitive approaches are systematically embedded in initiatives, and developing a "gender equality help desk" capacity to provide guidance and tools for staff and partners.
CIDA management agrees with all but one of the recommendations as outlined in the Management Response to the evaluation.
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