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Measuring Democratic Governance: A Framework for selecting pro-poor and gender sensitive indicators

Producer: 
UNDP
Publication year: 
2006
Source of the information: 
Gaportal

 

This is a framework for generating pro-poor gender sensitive indicators which can assist policy-makers in monitoring and evaluating democratic governance at the country level.

The aim of this guide is to provide a framework for generating pro-poor gender sensitive indicators to assist policy-makers monitor and evaluate democratic governance at the country level.

quantitative, qualitiative, participatory

The framework uses IDEA's State of Democracy indicators as a starting point, and looks at how indicators in that framework can be made more pro-poor and gender-sensitive.

The framework argues that for the purposes of selecting indicators, there are four senses in which a governance indicator might be considered pro-poor:(i) Disaggregated by poverty status (ii)Specific to the poor (iii) Implicitly pro-poor and (iv) Chosen by the poor.

Similarily there are four senses in which a governance indicator might be considered gender sensitive: (i) Disaggregated by sex (ii) Gender specific (iii) Implicitly gendered, and (iv) Chosen separately by men and women.

i. Are women and low-income groups adequately represented among members of Parliament?
ii. Does a women’s caucus exist? If so, what is the extent of its activities?
iii. Does Parliament provide an adequate working environment for women and MPs drawn from lowincome groups?

The framework is very actionable and may detail gaps in gender and poverty sensitivity of policy interventions, and improve gender and poverty mainstreaming.

The framework is asjustable by nature, and can be used to select pro-poor and gender-sentivite input/output, de jure and de facto indicators.