Mainstreaming Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean: Mixed-Methods Analysis of Policies, Perceptions, and Social Media

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Nov 2016
With the global development community's renewed commitment to achieving gender equality and empower all women, this study seeks to identify potential opportunities to enhance gender mainstreaming at the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG). The study uses a mixed-methods convergent parallel design in which the results of quantitative and qualitative research methods are analyzed concurrently to gain insights regarding potential factors that could either constrain or enable the integration of gender perspectives into the IDB Group's work. Each method (or "string") aims to capture stakeholders' perspectives. Quantitative strings included the results from the Bank's External Feedback System (EFS), Interactive Voice Response surveys, social media (network) analysis, natural text algorithm analysis of national development plans and the IDB's operational documents, a gender indicator review, and an analysis of the Bank's own ratings of how gender is incorporated into sovereign-guaranteed loans. Qualitative strings include results from in-depth interviews and focus groups with IDB technical staff and in-country counterparts, along with document reviews.