Report on Reviewing International Development Work from a Gender Perspective

July 27th, 2020

Taiwanese NGOs have engaged in international development work in South and Southeast Asia for a long time, covering areas from health, education, to poverty reduction. However, it seems that the gender perspective has seldom been considered in the framework of development work. Therefore, to ensure that the development work can truly benefit all service recipients regardless of their gender, it is crucial to identify the gender factors that influence the effectiveness of development work.

Accordingly, the Taiwan­-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF), in collaboration with the Foundation for Women’s Rights Promotion and Development, held a workshop on “Reviewing International Development Work from a Gender Perspective” on June 4, 2020. The workshop invited international and Taiwan’s development NGOs as well as Taiwanese government officials to discuss how gender perspective can be incorporated in development work to enhance gender equality and further help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the workshop, Ms. Mayumi Murayama, Executive Vice President of the Institute of Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organizations (IDE-JETRO), delivered the keynote speech on Japan’s experience of gender and development and engagement with Asian women. In the Experience sharing session, BRAC, which was established in Bangladesh and is currently the world’s largest development NGO, together with World Vision Taiwan, Dharti Mata Sustainable Workshop, and Taiwan Fund for Children and Families shared their programs and strategies that aim to boost gender equality. Finally, the Roundtable session had the International Cooperation and Development Fund, Department of Gender Equality at Taiwan’s Executive Yuan, Taiwan Alliance in International Development, and Garden of Hope Foundation to discuss how to facilitate the implementation of gender-sensitive development work and to enhance public-private cooperation in overseas development work.

This Report contains speaker introduction, English and Chinese versions of workshop summary, and event photos. Please click the following link to see the full report: