The Gender with Age Marker [GAM] is an online tool which, based on the user’s responses and entries, provides an automatic and objectives-based code calculation (0-4) of the gender and age sensitivity and equality achievements of projects and therefore the overall project quality in contributing to gender equity, updating the previous Inter-Agency Standing Committee [IASC] Gender Marker [GM] and integrating gender with age considerations.
The GAM was developed collaboratively by UN agencies, INGOs and donors after the extensive piloting from 2015 to 2017 in DRC, Jordan and Ukraine. The global roll-out began in September 2018 and the SGFPN, hosted by UNHCR, rolled-out in Jordan December 2018. From the 2019 Humanitarian Planning Cycle, the GAM replaces the previous IASC Gender Marker applied to appeal projects since 2009. It will be also part of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan [3RP] and Jordan Response Plan [JRP]. The GAM codes the submitted projects on a 0-4 scale, based on responses to questions each relating to the key 12 Gender Equality Measures [GEMs].
The GAM is designed with the aim to capture the needs of humanitarian aid organisations & donors who want to ensure that:
- programming is relevant, responding to an analysis;
- affected people are actively engaged in and influencing humanitarian processes - more than just passive recipients of aid;
- programming is at a minimum gender- and age-sensitive and ideally responsive and transformative;
- new ways of working to address humanitarian “silos”, both as contexts and across sectors.
By using this tool, the following will be revealed:
- which gender and age groups the project aims to directly support;
- which age and gender groups are reflected in the needs assessment, and to what extent gender and age roles & dynamics are considered;
- on which exact needs the project response is built, and whether it is tailored to specific gender and age needs;
- how the project engages affected people in the different phases of project management, by age and gender groups;
- if the projects have indicator that measures distinct benefits for affected age and gender groups.
It is much more than a gender marker with a monitoring phase. It examines levels of accountability and protection, addressing the principle of “Leaving No One Behind”.