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Gender Analytical

Frameworks and Tools

John Oti Amoah
PhD Fellow
(CEGRAD, UCC & ICDD, Kassel, Germany)
• Conceptualisation of gender analysis
• Why gender analysis
• Types of Frameworks
• Examine some of the frameworks
• Origin, conceptual content, strengths and weakness
• Conclusion

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Conceptualising gender analysis
• A tool to examine differences in • A tool for examining the
women’s and men’s lives differences between the gender
• Ways in which those differences roles
( real or perceived), have been • Different levels of power
used in assigning responsibilities relations,
(Anant, 2016) • Differing needs, constraints and
opportunities, and;
• impact of these differences on
the lives of women and men

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Why Gender Analysis
• Help in understanding the social and economic conditions, gender
gaps, and inequalities affecting men and women
• Provide methods to gather and use sex-disaggregated and gender-
related data
• Help to examine how gender relations affect the achievement of
sustainable results; and
• how proposed results affect the relative status of men and women

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Types of Frameworks
• Harvard Analytical Framework (HAF) (or gender roles framework)
• Moser Framework (or triple roles framework and Moser/Levy
• Social Relations Approach or framework) (SRA)
• Gender Analysis Matrix (GAM)
• Women’s Empowerment (Longwe) Framework;
• Capacities and Vulnerabilities Analysis Framework
less well known
• Participatory rural appraisal (PRA)
• Rapid rural appraisal techniques (RRA)

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Choosing a Gender Analysis framework
• Theoretical background of the framework
• Conceptual argument of the framework itself (social roles or social
• Goal-efficiency or empowerment (transformatory) objectives
• Task to be perform or context (intersectionality) and available
• Potential limitations of the framework
• limits of the frameworks in bringing about change
• Can be combine to create your own hybrid version
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Harvard Analytical Framework /Gender Roles
Framework or Gender Analysis Framework

• Credited as first framework (1985)

• Origin-Harvard Institute for International Development in
collaboration with the WID office of USAID
• Aim- economic case for allocating resources to women as well as men
• Matrix for collecting data at the community and household level

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Components of Harvard Analytical Framework
• Harvard Tool 1: The Activity Profile (who does what?)
Activity Women/Girls Men/Boy

• Harvard Tool 2: The Access and Control Profile – (resources and

Access Control
Resources Women Men Women Men

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• Harvard Tool 3: Influencing factors (identify opportunities and
Influencing Opportunities Constraints

• Harvard Tool 4: Checklist for Project-Cycle Analysis

• collecting gender-disaggregated data
• Capturing the different effects of social change on men and women

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Harvard Analytical Framework
Strengths Weakness
• Give a clear picture of the • Silent on power relations
gender division of labour • Does not transform gender
• show differences in workloads, relations
and in access to and control of • Assume that institutions have a
resources neutral culture regarding gender
• Non-threatening power relations
• Emphasise separation rather
than inter-relationships
• Ignores changes over time
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Moser Framework
• Underpin by (GAD) approach Organise around 3 concepts:
• Origin- Caroline Moser • Women's triple role;
Development Planning Unit • Practical and strategic gender
(DPU), University of London, needs;
(early 1980s)
• Categories of WID/GAD policy
• Aims- to set up gender planning approaches (policy matrix)
• Goal- equality, equity, and

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Moser Tool 1: Gender roles identification /
triple role

Productive Work
Reproductive Work

Community Work
• Care and • production • collective
maintenance of goods and organisation
of the services for of social
household consumption events and
and its and trade services -
members ceremonies

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Moser Tool 2: Gender needs assessment
Practical gender needs Strategic gender needs
Programmes or interventions to Programmes or interventions to transform
existing imbalances of power between
assist women in their current women and men
activities • Challenges to the gender division of
• Water provision
• Eliminating of the burden of domestic
• Health-care provision labour and child care;
• Removal of institutionalised forms of
• Opportunities for earning an discrimination;
income to provide for the • Family planning services
household • Measures against male violence
• Provision of housing and basic • Domestic violence,
services • Women's control over their own bodies

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Moser Tool 3: Disaggregating control of resources and decision-
making within the household
• Who has control over what resources within the household, and who
has what power of decision-making?

Moser Tool 4: Planning for balancing the triple role

• Examines the impact of interventions or project on women triple role

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Moser Tool 5: Distinguishing between different aims in interventions:
the WID/GAD Policy Matrix
• To what extent do different approaches meet practical and/ or
strategic gender needs?
• Welfare-focus on PGNs and sees women as passive beneficiaries of
devt interventions
• Equity- focus on SGNs and recognises women as active participants in
• Anti-poverty- focus on PGNs and to ensure that poor women move
out of poverty by increasing their productivity
• Efficiency –focus on PGNs-harnessing women's economic
• Empowerment- focus on SGNs and fostering self-reliance

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Moser Tool 6: Involving women, and gender-
aware organisations and planners, in planning
• Women should be involve at various stages of the production cycle
• Goal formulation,
• Implementation

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Strengths Weakness
• Useful in assessing the impact of • Silent on the power relations in
interventions on gender the triple role
relations • Ignores intersectionality
• Triple role makes visible work • Division between strategic and
that tends to be invisible practical is artificial. Eg
• It questions policy assumptions education
of projects • Change over time is not
examined as a variable

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Women's Empowerment (Longwe)
• Origin- Sara Hlupekile Longwe (Zambian)
• Longwe- women's empowerment as enabling women to take an
equal place with men, and to participate equally in the devt process
• Aim- to assess to what extent a devt intervention is supporting
• Based on different 'levels of equality
• Assessing which 'levels of recognition' of women's issues in the
project objectives

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Women's Empowerment Tool 1: Levels of equality
• Base on five 'levels of equality', with men



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• Welfare: the level of women's material welfare, relative to men
• Access: women's access to the factors of production
• Conscientisation: Conscious understanding of the difference between
sex and gender, and that gender roles can be changed
• Participation: Women's equal participation in the decision-making
• Control: Women's control over the decision-making process

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Women's Empowerment Tool 2: Level of
recognition of women's issue

Neutral level

Positive level
• Recognise
Negative level

• Project • Concerned
objectives women's with women's
make no issues, but issues, and
mention of concerns with
women's remain that improving the
issues the project position of
intervention women
does not
leave women
worse off
than before

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Women's Empowerment Tool 1 and 2 in
Level of Recognition Negative Neutral Positive

Level of Equality






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Strengths Weakness
• Useful in explaining • Ignores intersectionality
empowerment • It is static and silent on change
• Strongly ideological (i.e male over time
standard) • Focuses on the relationship
• Identify the gap between between men and women only
rhetoric and reality in terms of equality
• Potentially transformatory

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• No frameworks can be used in the absence of clear objectives in
relation to gender
• Frameworks are by no means universal
• No framework will do the work for you

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Literature for further reading
• Anant, Kumar (2016) Complementing Gender Analysis Methods,
Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13:1, 99-110, DOI:

• Warren, Hannah (2007) Using gender-analysis frameworks:

theoretical and practical reflections Gender & Development, 15:2,187
-198 URL:
• March, Candida, Ines Smyth, and MaitraiyeeMukhopadhyay. (1999). A
Guide to Gender-Analysis Frameworks. Oxford: Oxfam

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