Gender in Value Chains

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TOOL 4: DATA COLLECTION

4.1 DATA COLLECTION FOR VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS AT MACRO-, MESO- AND MICRO-LEVEL

 

WHY USE THESE TOOLS?
To raise awareness of the complexity of the system in which a value chain operates. The tools help to identify different stakeholders and how they mutually influence one and another in a positive or negative manner. The preliminary mapping should shed a light on the following aspects:

  • For each level (macro, meso, micro), what are the institutions, organisations and individuals involved?
  • What is their level of awareness on gender equality issues?
  • Which ones are advocates of gender equality issues?
  • What are the interactions between them and with other organisations working in the sector?
  • What actors have the potential to work towards the achievement of gender equality goals/impacts in the value chain?
  • What financial and technical partners have a strong commitment for and dedicate resources to gender equality issues?


WHO APPLIES THE TOOLS AND FOR WHOM?
Practitioners based on desk study, field work and focus group discussions.

WHAT DO YOU GAIN FROM USING IT?
Analyzing the chain with a gender perspective consists of facilitating the collection of sex-disaggregated quantitative and qualitative data at the macro, meso and micro levels using both a gender and a VCD perspective. The purpose is to identify and facilitate discussions on gaps, discriminations and key gender issues, keeping in mind the multiple dimensions and levels on which gender inequalities and opportunities operate:

 

Dimensions Levels
  • economic
  • psychological
  • social
  • political
  • individual
  • household
  • community
  • market
  • institutional
  • national
  • international

 

Going through such an analysis provides an overview according to the following grid:
 

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4.2 GENDER MAPPING: MAKING WOMEN VISIBLE IN VALUE CHAINS

Mapping ensures inclusion of all main activities where women are involved, but may be 'invisible' contributors. Also it helps to identify whether women are involved in the main points where value is high and of blockages to upgrading.

  • Tool 4.2a Preliminary mapping tool
  • Tool 4.2b Different ways of making a gender VC map
  • Tool 4.2c Indepth analysis to make women visible in value chains
  • Tool 4.2d Making visible how men and women contribute to the quality of the product

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