Review of Gender Issues in the AIRS Ghana IRS Program

Author: D. Rubin | Publication Date: 2014
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Abt Associates, Inc. subcontracted Cultural Practice, LLC under the task order “Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS)” Project to support the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

This report presents the findings and recommendations of a gender assessment of the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project implemented by Abt Associates in Ghana. The focus is to identify gender issues and to provide recommendations to help ensure that the AIRS project contributes to equitable employment opportunities for both men and women, avoiding either discrimination or favoritism. The report is not a full national (e.g., Caro et al. 2011; Rubin 2010) or a sectoral gender (Caro and Ibrahim-Hubner 2010) assessment such as those conducted by other Bureaus of USAID, but a more targeted analysis of issues related to project management and operations within the AIRS project in Ghana.

The report is organized into four sections. The introduction provides a brief overview of the Ghana AIRS project objectives, key gender issues in Ghana, and a description of the gender analysis methodology. The second section describes spray operations during the 2013 season. It is followed by a discussion about the information gathered from interviews and project reports about the participation of men and women in the project. Recommendations for interventions and specific measurable targets for reducing gender differences and disparities in employment remuneration, planning, and decision making, as well as suggestions for gender-sensitive indicators to measure these changes conclude the report.

 

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