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Report on the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Workshop (7

    8 May 2005: Cairo, Egypt)


The Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Workshop was held from 7 8

    May 2005 at the Helnan Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was initiated as one of the components of the consultancy agreement between the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), and as one of the concurrent activities of the 2005 GKP Annual Meeting. The main objective of the workshop was to bring participants who were interested in gender issues in ICT4D together and to provide them the opportunity to exchange experiences, insight and knowledge in gender and ICT issues, specifically to:

    ; gain skills in gender evaluation and in assessing their projects from a gender perspective

    ; gain a better understanding of gender issues in the context of ICT4D initiatives / projects

    ; have an opportunity to network with other organisations involved in initiatives/projects that address gender issues and women's needs

    The workshop was also an opportunity to broaden and enrich the work of the GKP's Gender Cluster and APC WNSP's experience in gender evaluation.

    At the same time when the plans for the GEM Workshop in Cairo were taking shape, the World Summit on the Information Society Gender Caucus (WSIS GC) approached APC WNSP and GKP for collaboration on conducting a GEM workshop for members of the WSIS GC. In March 2005, APC WNSP and the WSIS GC met during the United Nations Beijing+10 Conference in New York to discuss the inclusión of WSIS GC members in the GEM Workshop in Cairo. While the WSIS GC was particularly interested in gender and ICT policy issues, it was agreed that they would benefit from attending the overall GEM workshop being co-organised by GKP and APC WNSP.

Selection of Participants

    The GEM Workshop in Cairo was open to organisations and networks working in the area of ICT4D, particularly those who had plans to incorporate gender in their initiatives.

    A total of one hundred forty-eight (148) applications from different regions were received over a period of three weeks (a summary of applicants grouped regionally and by country is provided below). The application forms were then separated according to regions, and sent out to APC WNSP Regional Coordinators for verification and for the initial selection. Each regional coordinator was tasked with recommending 2 3 applicants based

    on the following:

     quality of work and experience of the organisation, particularly in gender and ICTs

     how the organisation would benefit from attending the GEM workshop potential of the organisations to utilise GEM in their work

    Priority was also given to GKP members and SGSIP Grantees.

    A shortlist of selected applicants were then sent to the GKP Secretariat for further verification and final selection. Over a series of conference calls between the GKP Secretariat and the APC WNSP Focal Point, a list of successful workshop applicants was finalised based on: the status of the applicants' GKP membership (members “in good standing” were prioritised)

     the potential of non-GKP member applicants as future GKP members quality of work and experience of the organisation

Summary of Applicants for the GEM Workshop

    Applicants from Africa (68 in total) [see Appendix 1: afr_list for the full application forms from Africa]

Cameroon (4)

    1.Information Technology Common Initiative Group (ITCIG)-Small Mankon 2.Think Youth Independent Association (TYIA)

    3.ANAIS.AC (Advisory Network for African Information Society) 4.ASAFE - Association for the Support to Women Entrepreneurs

Congo (2)


    2.Droits Humains Sans Frontières NGO

Gambia, The (1)

    1. Management Development Institute

Ghana (2)

    1.Foundation for Female Photojournalists (FFP)

    2.Armed Forces Secondary Technical School

Guinea (2)

    1.Les Amis du Futur - LAF

    2.Ecole de la Paix Communauté de Sant Egidio en Guinée / (School of Peace, Community of Sant Egidio in Guinea)

Ivory Coast (1)

    1. Femmes côte d'ivoire experience

Kenya (11)

    1.Pan African Christian Women Alliance (PACWA)

    2.League of Kenya Women Voters

    3.Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK)

    4.Citron Wood

    5.Community Initiatives and Social Support Organization (CISSO) 6.Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK)

    7.Peter Njeru, Fourth year, University of NairobiA; Africa‟s Microsoft Information

    Worker Board representative.

    8.African Woman and Child Features Service (AWC) 9.Labour Awareness and Resource Centre (LARC) 10.Children's Voices Foundation

    11.The association of women rights initiative WARIK (K).

Malawi (1)

    1. Young Advocates for the Advancement of ICT-related Development (Y.A.A.ICT-D)

Maldives (1)

    Television Maldives, National Security Service

Mali (1)

    Observatoire sur les Systèmes d‟Information, les Réseaux et les Inforoutes au Mali


Nigeria (16)

    1.Nigeria Network of Non Governmental Organisations 2.Commonwealth of Niger Delta Youths

    3.Youth For Technology Foundation

    4.Justice, Development and Peace Movement

    5.Centre for Rural Integration and Development 6.KnowledgeHouseAfrica

    7.Aid Foundation

    8.Initiative Development Now

    9.Grassroots Enterprise Development Associates 10.Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre 11.BAOBAB for Women‟s Human Rights

    12.Borno Women Entrepreneurship Forum, (BWEF) 13.Centre for Health Works, Development and Research (CHEDRES) 14.African Women Empowerment Guild (AWEG)

    15.Abu, Godwin Anjeinu, Lecturer and Research fellow, University of Agriculture

    16.Association for Child health

Senegal (1)

    1. Amicale des Etudia,nts de Ronkh (AER)

Sierra Leone (1)

    University of Sierra Leone

South Africa (1)

    The Power of Women and Children

Sudan (1)

    The Sudanese Society for Women in ICT (SSWICT)

Tanzania (2)

    1.Sahiba Sisters Foundation

    2.Journalists‟ Union for Science & Technology Advancement in Africa (JUSTA_AFRICA)

Togo (2)

    1.Youngs Volunteers for the Environnement

    2.Women in Law and Development in Africa/Femmes, Droit et Développement en Afrique bureau sous régional d‟Afrique de l‟Ouest

Uganda (11)

    1.Community Organization For Empowerment of the Youth in Uganda (COFEY


    2.Nakaseke Women's Development Association -NAWODA

    3.Uganda Media Women‟s Organisation (UMWA)


    5.Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) 6.Florence Nakalawa Sekabanja, Council for Economic Empowerment for Women of Africa Uganda Chapter, CEEWA-U, and MWENNA Mukono Womens Empowerment Networks and Association (MWENNA)

    7.Nalubowa Christine, Computer Studies teacher, Gayaza High School 8.Rural Women Information Network (RWIN) Uganda

    9.Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Ltd (UWEAL)

    10.Information Communication Technology for Africa Rural Development (ICTARD 11.Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University

Zambia (4)

    1.Media & ICT‟s Network for Development (MIND)

    2.Zambia Environmental Youth Group

    3.Diana Mulilo / Freelance Journalist

    4.Barbara Kalunga-Sianyabo, Africawoman Correspondent

Zimbabwe (3)


    2.Southern Alliance For Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE)

    3.AULORA STALLY, an Independent Consultant, working to strengthen media understanding and skills reporting on HIV/AIDS in Africa

    International / Regional Organisations Focusing on Africa (3) 1.Kabissa Space for Change in Africa, United States of America 2.Heinrich Boell Foundation, Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa (Kenya) 3.Better Africa Foundation (Benin)

    Applicants from Latin America (8 in total) [see Appendix 2: lac_list for the full application forms from Latin America]


    1. Tikal Ideas (Fund. COPPLA)


    1. SachaMama, centro de apoyo a la inclusión de los pueblos indígenas (centre for the support of inclussion of indigenous peoples in the information society)


    1. Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI CHILE)

El Salvador

1. Instituto Tecnologico Centroamericano


    1. Organization of Women for the advancement of Thomonde (OFAT)


    1. Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria A.C.

    Regional Organisations Focusing on Latin America (2)

1.Bellanet LAC (Bellanet International?s regional office for Latinamerica and the

    Caribbean, hosted in Fundación Acceso)

    2.Open Knowledge Network (OneWorld International)

    Applicants from the Arab World (9 in total) [see Appendix 3: arw_list for the full application forms from the Arab World]

Jordan (2)

    1.Organisation Name: Arab Women Media Center [AWMC] site

    2.Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists


    ISAGH, Iranian Student Association of Gender Equity and Human Rights


    MEARN - Morocco


    Esin Duzel, WSF Istanbul Member, CIP Project Coordinator (Our Bodies, Our Sexualities Project)

    Regional / Internation Organisations Focusing on the Arab World (3)

    1. Institute of Cultural Affairs (Middle East & North Africa) 2. UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia 3. The Regional Centre on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development for the Near East


    Applicants from Asia Pacific (52 in total) [see Appendix 4: aspac_list for the full application forms from Asia Pacific)

Bangladesh (9)

1.Krisoker Saar (Farmers‟ Voice)


    3.PROSHIKA: A Centre for Human Development

    4.Bangladesh Friendship Education Society (BFES)


    6.Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) Bangladesh 7.D.Net (Development through Access to Networked Resources) 8.Daily NewsToday

    9.ECOTA Fair Trade Forum


    Bhutan Telecom Limited


    Global Village of Beijing

Hong Kong

    Asian Migrants' Theatre Company (AMTC)

India (13)


    2.Abhinav Bharat Yuva Kalyan Nyas (ABYKN) 3.'Janaadhar', 'Alliance for Development' 4.Centre for Media Studies

    5.G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar

    6.Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) 7.College for Women at University of Delhi, India Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, India 8.M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai 9.Zomi Women Union

    10.Datamation Foundation Charitable Trust 11.Marathmoli, maharashtra women‟s action net

    12.Guru Ghasidas University

    13.Center for New Media, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media

Kyrgyz Republic

    1.Women Support Center.

    2.Forum of Women's NGOs of Kyrgyzstan



Nepal (3)

    1.Nepal Charity Mission (NCM)

    2.Panos South Asia

    3.Society of Environmental Journalists-Nepal(SEJ-Nepal) and Environmental News

    National Weekly

Pakistan (5)

    1.AMAL Human Development Network


    3.Pakistan Institute for Development (PID) 4.Karakoaram Area Development Organisation, 5.CRY (Coalition on Rights and Responsibilities of Youth)

Papua New Guinea

    HELP Resources

Philippines (5)

    1.Portege Youth Development Initiative, Inc.

2.Molave Development Foundation Inc.

    3.Partners in Information, Education, Communication, and Advocacy for

    Development (PIECAD)

    4.Concordia College

    5.Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines (CMA-Phils)

Samoa (2)

    1.Pacific Training and Advisory Services

    2.Ministry of Women Community and Social Development

Solomon Islands

    Rural Development Volunteers Association (RDVA)

Sri Lanka (4)

    1.Sarvodaya Sharamadana Movement

    2.Ministry of Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation of Sri Lanka 3.YOUNG ASIA TELEVISION

    4.E fusion Pvt Ltd


    Women and Development Centre, Government of Tonga,


    Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs & Rural Development


    Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (MOST)

    Applicants from Central and Eastern Europe (8 in total) [see Appendix 5: cee_list for the full application forms from Central and Eastern Europe]


    Foundation for Creative Development FKR


    Gender Education, Research and Technologies


    Youth Employment Summit Georgia National Network

Lithuania (2)

    1.UNDP Lithuania

    2.Kaunas Women„s Employment Information Center


    Public Fund Podrugi Crisis Center


    Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection

Regional / International Organisations Focused on Eastern Europe

    OneWorld South East Europe Civil Society Portal

    Applicants from International Organisations, North America and Western Europe (3 in total) [see Appendix 6: int_list for the full application forms]

Western Europe (1)

    Barbara Giovanna Bello, Italy

North America (1)


International Organisations / Networks

    World Association of Community Broadcasters Women‟s International Network



    Seventeen (17) applicants were selected to be granted full scholarships to attend the GEM workshop and the 2005 GKP Annual Meeting events. Of these, three were unable to attend the workshop. GKP and APC WNSP also agreed to set aside workshop funds to partially-sponsor five (5) GKP members. Of these, only two (2) were able to attend the workshop. During the GKP meeting, some GKP members approached the workshop organisers regarding their interest in GEM and were invited to attend the workshop.

    A total of thirty (30) participants and five (5) facilitators attended the GEM Workshop in Cairo (7 males and 28 females). The final list of participants (see list below) included:

    ; four (4) SGSIP Grantees

    ; eleven (11) representatives from GKP member organisations ; nine (9) members of the WSIS GC

    ; seven (7) male participants

    ; twenty-eight (28) female participants

Full List of GEM Workshop Participants and Facilitators

Sponsored Participants (13)

1. Mridul Chowdhury, D.Net (Bangladesh) [SGSIP Grantee]

    2. Jesenko Osmanagić, Foundation for Creative Development (Croatia) [SGSIP


    3. Irina Anfimova, Podrugi Crisis Centre (Kazakstahn) [SGSIP Grantee] 4. Toepista Nabusoba Wambwa, AMWIK (Kenya) [SGSIP Grantee]

    5. Reza Salim, Bangladesh Friendship Society (Bangladesh) [GKP Member] 6. Valentina Pellizer, One World South East Europe Civil Society Portal (CEE

    Regional) [GKP Member]

    7. Nidia Bustillos Rodriguez, SachaMama (Bolivia)

    8. S. Velvizhi, M.S. Swaminatham Research Foundation (India) [GKP Member] 9. Colette Lelièvre, Women in Law and Development in Africa (Togo) 10. Sarita Sharma, Datamation Foundation (India) [GKP Member] 11. Priyanthi Dulawatte, Sarvodaya (Sri Lanka) [GKP Member]

    12. Mumani Khawla, Arab Women Media Centre (Jordan)

    13. Ghaleb Tuffaha , Regional Centre on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development for the Near East

Partially-sponsored Participants (2)

1. Md. Badruddoza Mia, PROSHIKA [GKP Member]

    2. Tanya Lockwood, Fundacion Acceso [GKP Member]

Self-Sponsored Participants (6)

1. Geraldine Kouadio, Swiss Development Cooperation [GKP Member]

    2. Lee Tang Ching, GKP Secretariat

    3. Nor Hazreen Ghazali, GKP Secretariat

    4. Lauren Fok, BCO Alliance [GKP Member]

    5. Rania Besher, ITU (Egypt) [GKP Member]

    6. John Dada, Fantsuam Foundation (Nigeria) [GKP Member]

WSIS GC Participants (9)

1. Lorraine Mkabela

    2. Susanna Ferndandez

    3. Margaret Nzuki

    4. Lucy Njogu

    5. Ruth Ochieng

    6. Florence Etta

    7. Harry Hare

    8. Juliet Were

    9. Zamzam Nassazi

GEM Workshop Facilitators (5)

1. Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC WNSP

    2. Cheekay Cinco, APC WNSP

    3. Jennifer Radloff, APC WNSP

    4. Natasha Primo, APC WNSP

    5. Katerina Fialova, APC WNSP

Agenda and Highlights

    One of the main challenges APC WNSP faced in organising the GEM Workshop in Cairo was condensing a GEM workshop in two days. In APC WNSP's experience, a full GEM workshop where participants will have the opportunity to delve into the GEM Tool and gender and ICT issues substantively required at least four days. Another issue that the facilitators grappled with was the diversity of organisations and individuals expected to participate in the workshop. The participants represented a wide range of experiences in ICT4D, in gender, in evaluation, and in GEM. Some participants had more experience in the ICT4D arena than in gender, while some had more experience in gender. Some had never used GEM but were familiar with other evaluation methodologies, others had first-hand experience in using GEM for their work.

    The workshop facilitators sought to develop a workshop agenda that would maximise the wealth of experience of the participants but at the same time, address gaps and differences in their knowledge and understanding of gender concepts in two days. The facilitators decided to provide a GEM overview but selected specific topics covered in the GEM tool:

    ; gender analysis

    ; understanding and indentifying gender and ICT issues

    ; developing gender and ICT indicators

    ; incorporating gender and ICT lessons into organisational work and practice

    The workshop was divided into four main sessions (not including the Opening and Closing Sessions) with the following learning outcomes and activities:

Session 1: GEM Overview

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of the overall map of the GEM tool and website, and the the guiding evaluation principles of the GEM tool.

    In order to draw out a common understanding of evaluation and evaluation principles, the first activit started with asking participants two questions:Why

    do we evaluate? And, what does evaluation mean to you? This led a

    discussion where the responses ranged from evaluation as a learning exercise to evaluation as a donor requirement. There was a healthy debate whether or not donor-required evaluations were useful for organisations, wherein some participants raised the importance of influencing donors' evaluation principles and practices by engaging their evaluation requirements. The discussion was capped by a brief input on one of the main documents on the GEM Tool, “Learning for Change”, which outlines the values and principles behind the development and design of the GEM Tool.

    The second activity in this session was a walk-through of the GEM CD (provided as part of the workshop materials), which is an offline version of the GEM tool. An overview of the Phases, sections, resources and activities that can be found in GEM was provided, and the workshop participants were allowed to explore the GEM CD on their own.

    Session 2: Understanding Gender and ICT Issues Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of basic gender concepts and gender and ICT issues

    The first activity in this session was a presentation by Natasha Primo on “Basic Gender Concepts and Analytical Approaches” [see Appendix 7: basic_gender_concepts for the presentation] based on the Gender Analysis document that can be found in the GEM tool. The presentation highlighted Sara Longwe's “women's empowerment cycle” as a framework for analysing and recognising gender issues.

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