Gender Review: Royal Norwegian Embassy Pakistan

About the publication

  • Published: May 2011
  • Series: Norad reports: discussion
  • Type: Norad reports
  • Carried out by: Petter Bauck (Norad Team leader), Janne Lexow (NCG), Janne Andresen (Norad)
  • Commissioned by: Norad
  • Country: Pakistan
  • Theme: Women and gender equality
  • Pages: 52
  • Serial number: 11/2011
  • ISBN: 978-82-7548-570-8
  • ISSN: --
NB! The publication is ONLY available online and can not be ordered on paper.

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  dialogues.

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  partners.

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.

Published 13.05.2011
Last updated 16.02.2015