Gender and social outcomes of WASH interventions: synthesis of research evidence
Programme of work
Evaluating complex interventions
Stockholm Environment Institute Sweden
Stockholm Environment Institute Africa
April 2020 to Sept 2021 (TBC)
Low- and middle-income countries
This study aims to synthesise evidence on gender and social equality components in complex water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, and to advance evaluation practices in the WASH sector by providing methodological advice on how to include and assess gender and social equality (GSE) outcomes. The main review questions are as follows:
- What is the impact of complex WASH interventions on GSE outcomes in LMICs?
- What are barriers to or facilitators of change in these outcomes?
- What are the knowledge gaps within this subject?
- What are methodological deficiencies and the best practices in relevant primary research?
The study team will carry out a comprehensive mapping of WASH actors and major organisations that work in the WASH implementation and funding space.
They will carry out a mixed-method systematic review to synthesise the best available evidence. They will develop accessible evidence summaries supported by infographics for capacity building, knowledge sharing and enhanced use of evidence in policymaking.
Stakeholder discussions and systematic review of literature in English and Spanish.
The study will generate evidence that can help policymakers and practitioners better understand how the design of WASH interventions may affect outcomes related to GSE.
- Blog post: Gender and social equality in WASH
- Blog post: Covid-19 and WASH
- Webinar: Gender equality and social inclusion mainstreaming in WASH interventions: experiences from implementation, research and policy
- Paper: Systematic mapping of gender equality and social inclusion in WASH interventions: knowledge clusters and gaps, BMJ Health, January 2023
- CEDIL Syntheses Working Paper 7: Gender and social outcomes of WASH interventions: synthesis of research evidence
- CEDIL Evidence Brief 5: Gender equality and social inclusion in WASH interventions: policy and practice insights from a systematic mapping exercise
- Commentary: The next Water Action Agenda must be gender transformative