The

IASC Gender with Age Marker (GAM)

looks

at the extent to which essential programming

actions address gender- and age-related

differences in humanitarian response. It was

developed in response to requests to strengthen

the original IASC Gender Marker by including age

and, most significantly, by adding a monitoring

component. In addition to measuring programme

effectiveness, it is a valuable teaching and

self-monitoring tool, allowing organizations to

learn by doing in developing programs that

respond to all aspects of diversity.

With the 2019 Humanitarian Planning Cycle

(HPC), the GAM replaces the previous IASC

Gender Marker applied to appeal projects since

2009. Its use will be similarly required in the

Financial Tracking System (FTS), and Member

States asked to commit to only funding partners

who report to the FTS using the IASC Gender

with Age Marker, and subsequently update the

marker based on monitoring data.

Design Phase

Monitoring Phase

A

Gender Analysis

B

Collect and Analyze

C

SADD

Key GEM

Supporting GEM

The needs, roles and

dynamics of women, girls,

boys and men in different

age groups are

understood

The right people get

resources

Different people are

counted

Good Targeting

Women, girls, boys and

men in different age

groups get the right

resources

With other sector

members and other

sectors

People are safer

D

Tailored Activities

E

Protection from GBV

F

Coordination with others

Women, girls, boys and

men in appropriate age

groups influence

decisions throughout the

project

People get the

information they need

People can complain and

be heard

G

Influence on Project

H

Feedback & Complaints

I

Transparency

Women, girls, boys and

men in different age

groups get different

benefits

Problems are known and

addressed

Different people are

satisfied

J

Benefits

K

Satisfaction

L

Project Problems

The IASC GenCap Project

uses the GAM as one of the

gender equality programming

tools that GenCap Advisors

apply in their deployments.

The GAM assesses projects for

12 essential programme

elements known as

Gender

Equality Measures

or

GEMs

.

Four KEY GEMs

are considered

in the project

design phase

.

Each of the four key GEMs have

two supporting GEMs

that are

considered during project

monitoring

. This enables

reflection of what is working

well in the project and what can

be improved.

The GAM tracks whether basic

programme actions are in place.

Good programming requires

that affected people participate

in and influence all stages of a

project

. Programmes should

logically flow from the gendered

needs analysis, to tailoring or

adapting activities in response

to analysis, through to who

benefits from the intervention.

GAM coding reflects the

presence and consistency of

these actions, as well as the

integration of gender and age

within them.

GENDER WITH AGE MARKER

IMPROVING HUMANITARIAN EFFECTIVENESS

OVERVIEW

WHAT DOES THE GAM LOOK FOR?

Creation date: 23 May 2018

Sources: IASC GenCap; Original GAM concept and design by Merrin Waterhouse

Contact: IASC-gam

@un.org

The GAM codes projects on a

0 to 4 scale

, and suggests

simple actions to improve

project responsiveness and

consistency. Codes are

generated automatically

based on answers to

multiple-choice questions.

Each GEM code is based on

evidence of the required

programme action or step,

plus gender and age.

If all

three are present, the GEM

automatically codes 4

; if

none are included, it codes 0.

If 3 or 4 key GEMs have the

same code, the project GAM

code is automatically the

same as this common GEM

code. If two or more GEMs

are 0, the GAM is 0.

The overall project GAM code

is derived from the individual

GEM codes, and represents

the predominant type of

programming found

throughout the GEMS.

The GAM can also be applied

to higher level documents

such as:

The latest version of the GAM

is a web-based application

that is supported by OCHA. It

is also available in an off-line

format for use in remote

areas. The shift to an online

tool will take place mid-2018.

The advantages:

Greater objectivity

Analysis at country, agency,

cluster levels

Analysis of actual

assistance (who benefits,

who participates, plus

protection & accountability)

4

CONTENT

CODE

PROGRAMME FOCUS

Gender

+ Age

+ Action*

Not Applicable

Likely to contribute to

gender equality, including

across age groups

Main programme purpose is

increasing gender equality,

including across age groups

Does not engage with or

affect persons in need

3

Gender

+ Action

Likely to contribute to

gender equality, but without

attention to age groups

Principally focused on

promoting gender equality,

without attention to age

groups

Does not engage with or

affect persons in need

Gender Mainstreaming

Targets everyone

Targeted Action

Targets a defined group

GAM Scale Score

*Programming action, element

or step

Program Approach

M

T

2

Age

+ Action

Unlikely to contribute to

gender equality

Aims to address

inequalities, but without the

necessary gender equality

measures

Does not engage with or

affect persons in need

Action

1

Unlikely to contribute to

gender equality

Aims to address

inequalities, but without the

necessary gender equality

measures

Does not engage with or

affect persons in need

No Action

0

Does not systematically link programming actions

OCHA SET MINIMUM

PMR

Periodic Monitoring Report

HRP

Humanitarian Response Plan

HNO

Humanitarian Needs Overview

Web-based application

2018 ONWARDS

Excel tool

2015 - 2018

HOW DOES IT WORK? AUTOMATIC CODING

GAM APPLICATION

NEW! ACCESS THE GAM TOOL ON THE WEB

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