Gender Analysis for Sustainable Livelihoods and Participatory Governance in Rwanda

This report presents a gender analysis for sustainable livelihoods and participatory governance in Rwanda, in order to inform Oxfam’s Country Strategy programmes. Oxfam’s work in Rwanda is focused on two interlinked pillars – sustainable livelihoods and participatory governance. The findings from this gender analysis, will support Oxfam to “gender mainstream” its interventions by: identifying the different needs of women and men to help them achieve sustainable livelihoods and participate in governance; highlighting the different responsibilities of women and men that might constrain their participation in Oxfam’s programmes; providing an understanding of women’s and men’s different capacities to participate in any given intervention; and uncovering the different ways in which women and men are likely to benefit from particular interventions. It will also enable Oxfam to identify where complementary interventions are necessary to create transformative changes in institutions, policies, legislation and the allocation of resources to promote gender equality between women and men. Overall, the analysis will enable Oxfam to address the needs of women as well as men, to avoid perpetuating or overlooking traditional gendered power imbalances and to enhance the likelihood of strong and sustainable programme results.