Putting gender in political economy analysis: Why it matters and how to do it

Political economy analysis has largely ignored gender as a system of power in society. This paper is written as a guidance note for practitioners, to help integrate an understanding of gender and its effects into each stage of a political economy analysis.

Key messages:

  • A gendered political economy analysis explicitly examines how gender and other social inequalities shape people’s access to power and resources and what this means for feasible pathways of pro-poor and equitable change.
  • As a practitioner-led, participatory approach, gendered political economy analysis ensures the perspectives of a diversity of women inform the process, findings and use of the analysis.
  • This leads to a more holistic understanding of the causes of poverty and inequality and helps practitioners to identify how to support marginalised people to actively change root causes.
  • Countries: Bangladesh
  • Co-authors: Gender & Development Network, Oxfam, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  • Published: May 2018

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