Gender Review: Royal Norwegian Embassy Pakistan
|Published:||May 2011 by Norad|
|Carried out by:||Petter Bauck (Norad Team leader), Janne Lexow (NCG), Janne Andresen (Norad)|
|Tags:||Women and gender equality, Pakistan|
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (the Embassy) has requested Norad’s
assistance in undertaking a Gender review of the Embassy’s development portfolio and policy
In 2007 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) adopted an Action Plan for Women’s Rights and
Gender Equality in Development Cooperation (extended to 2013) (GEAP). As part of the GEAP
follow up, the Embassies have been requested to strengthen their efforts to promote Women’s
Rights and Gender Equality (WRGE) in their development portfolios and policy dialogues.
The reviews will also contribute to the implementation of the commitments outlined in the
White Paper (St.melding) number 11 On Equal Terms, and the Norwegian Government’s Action
Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) on Women,
Peace and Security, 2006 (extended to 2012 ) in addition to the GEAP.
The Mid‐term review of this Action Plan (2009) found that it is difficult to assess the results of
Norwegian development support to women’s rights and gender equality at country level and
attributes this to among other factors weak reporting mechanisms.
The purpose of the gender reviews is therefore to build the capacity and strengthen the
embassies’ efforts to plan, implement, monitor and report on how women’s rights and gender
equality are promoted in programmes and in the policy dialogue with bilateral and multilateral
The Review Team consisted of two staff from Norad and one consultant from Nordic Consulting
Group, who was commissioned as technical expert. It has been executed through desk studies,
discussions with representatives of the Embassy, implementing partners in Pakistan (17‐21
January 2011), and through discussions with Norad and MFA staff members in Norway who are
actively supporting the Embassy.
The Review Team appreciated the fruitful and open discussions held with the Embassy and
partners in Pakistan, and special thanks to Lise Albrechtsen and Naufil Naseer at the Embassy for
facilitating the field program.
The report expresses the observations and recommendations of the review team.
The embassy has commented upon the draft report. Based on the final report the embassy will
develop its follow‐up plan.