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Gender Equity and Social Inclusion facilitates successful community projects: How is it most effectively done?

Donors increasingly require projects to integrate an ethical focus on gender equity and social inclusion (GESI).

A focus on GESI reveals existing power imbalances within social relationships. When imbalances are recognised, projects can be designed to improve the ability, opportunity and dignity of people who are disadvantaged on the basis of their identity.

The integration of a GESI focus is crucial for successful, effective projects and long-term sustainable development; Sustainable Development Goal 5 specifies the importance of addressing gender inequality (SDG5).

Professor Helen Johnson has over 35 years’ experience in social science, gender studies, anthropology and cultural heritage. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Monash University and is currently a Professor at The University of Sassari in Italy, and The University of Bonn in Germany. She has written and edited numerous publications on women and gender, gender impact assessment, gender and cultural diversity, and gender issues in international development, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific Region.

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