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Building Forward Together: Towards an Inclusive and Resilient Asia and the Pacific

This report takes a closer look at the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and countries' responses to pandemic-induced shocks and rising social and economic stresses. This co-publication by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme, considers the key factors that are influencing the dynamics of recovery in parts of the region, and what we can learn faster and apply further, from what works.

Authors: Peter Hazlewood, Juliet Braslow, Oliver Paddison, Smita Nakhooda, Frank Thomas, Bishwa Nath Tiwari et al.
Publisher: United Nations (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Publication Date: 2022

Copyright: United Nations, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme Printed in Thailand

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Provincial Facilitation for Investment and Trade Index: Gender Analysis for Measuring Economic Governance for Business Development in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Second Edition

This report presents the findings of the second Provincial Facilitation for Investment and Trade (ProFIT) survey in the Lao PDR that shed light on women's participation in economic activities and the constraints that women entrepreneurs face in doing business. It notes that women entrepreneurs reported that their business registration takes longer and costs more. The report urges the government to train staff to overcome hidden gender biases and make it easier for women to create and run businesses.

Authors: Emma Allen, Phantouleth Louangraj, Mai Lin Villaruel, Vijaya Nagarajan, Phan Vinh Quang, Bounlert Vanhnalat
Publisher: Asian Development Bank

Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: Asian Development Bank

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COVID-19 Gender-Responsive Local Economic Recovery Handbook

UCLG, UNCDF and UNDP produced a comprehensive handbook which includes a concrete set of tools for practitioners to implement COVID-19 gender-responsive recovery programmes at the local level. The handbook presents how the COVID-19 crisis deepened gender inequalities and exacerbated pre-existing obstacles for women’s economic participation. It guides the reader through the five key steps to achieve gender-responsive participatory governance: Understand the major gender issues, assess the needs for structural transformation, plan a gender-responsive local economic recovery that aims to build forward better, ensure sufficient funds for the local economic recovery plan, and implement the gender-responsive local economic recovery plan.


Authors: Conisia Shumba, Ana Landa, Manita Ray et al.
Publisher: UCLG, UNCDF and UNDP
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UCLG, UNCDF and UNDP

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#HerCity – Let Her Guide You

UN-Habitat initiated Her City, a project that aims to involve girls in urban development and make cities more inclusive, equal, and sustainable. Her City provides urban actors and cities with tools and methods, such as nine building blocks as part of a digital guideline on how to co-plan cities from a girl’s perspective. The initiative focuses on the links between youth, gender and socioeconomic situation. It aims to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs on the local level.

Authors: UN-Habitat, Global Utmaning
Publisher: UN-Habitat
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UN-Habitat

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Safety and Public Space: Mapping Metropolitan Gender Policies Phase II

Following up on the 2018 project "Safety and Public Space: Mapping Metropolitan Gender Policies", metropolis presents the second phase of the project that analyses policies in place designed to address urban safety of women and girls in the public space. In Phase II, more participants and more depth were added to the study by classifying and analysing safety policies and the public space with a gender perspective. In this publication, metropolis summarises key takeaways of the study. 

Editor: Silvia Llorente
Publisher: metropolis
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: metropolis

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Ghost Citizens: Women and Informality in Cities

In this policy brief, Cities Alliance highlights gender gaps in the multi-sectoral issue of informality. Globally, women are disproportionally overrepresented in informal economy and in informal settlements. Cities Alliance presents several recommendations for the EU Gender Action Plan III to boost and support national and local efforts to formulate and enact gender-equitable legislation that gives legal recognition to people who are living in informal contexts.

Authors: Giulia Maci and Felicity Kitchin
Publisher: Cities Alliance
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Cities Alliance

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Gender and Sustainable Cities – Guidance Note

Worldwide more than one billion slum dwellers are critically exposed and most vulnerable to climate risks. Women and girls often constitute the majority of slum dwellers and are disproportionally affected by the risks to climate change due to inequalities caused by socio-economic and cultural norms. The Guidance Note aims to support World Bank task teams and local authorities to consider gendered impacts of climate-related interventions in cities.

Authors: Marialena Vyzaki, Victoria Stanley, Michelle Morandotti
Publisher: The World Bank
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: The World Bank

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Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2023

Cities Alliance’s Gender Equality Action Plan 2022- 2023 provides guidance on how to ensure gender equality in all programmes and processes. The guide gives advice how to apply a gender lens in different areas of policymaking, such as city planning, budgeting, and development strategy. Key objectives are the systematic and comprehensive contribution to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, developing a premier global partnership working on women's engagement in cities, and raising awareness and resources for inclusive city planning and governance at local levels.

Authors: Cities Alliance
Publisher: Cities Alliance
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Cities Alliance

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UNCDF Strategic Framework 2022-2025

The UNCDF Strategic Framework 2022-2025 presents lessons learned working with public and private finance in least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF finds that developing an impactful investment track record and investing in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment for sustainable results are central to successful programmes in LDCs. In the focus of the Strategic Framework is the new UNCDF offer: as a hybrid development organisation and development finance institution, UNCDF will deepen its engagement in the development areas of women’s economic empowerment, sustainable food systems finance, and climate, clean energy, and biodiversity finance.

Authors: UNCDF
Publisher: UNCDF
Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: UNCDF

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Capacity Building for Gender Equality at the Local Level

In this publication, the CIB Working Group Secretariat analyses how UCLG’s political gender strategy influences programmes and projects at the local and regional level. Local and regional governments play an important role in creating inclusive communities and contribute to the joint achievement of the SDGs, such as the promotion of gender equality. The brochure includes technical tools, guidelines, and the results of twelve case studies.

Author: Sandra Ceciarini
Publisher: UCLG CIB
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UCLG CIB

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