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Interaction's Gender Audit

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“Gender Audit. A Tool for Organizational Transformation.” InterAction.


InterAction’s Gender Audit[1] is a tool for assessing the integration of gender into an organization and its policies, programs, and projects. The participatory audit process involves three steps for identifying organizational strengths and challenges, including a survey, focus group discussions, and action planning.  The Gender Audit survey consists of 92 questions (long version) or 20 questions (short version), covering topics critical to gender integration within an organization, such as political will, technical capacity, organizational culture, and accountability. Following the survey, a more in-depth focus group session is held with staff to discuss the results from the survey and to identify opportunities and strategies for strengthening gender integration. Out of these discussions, a basic action plan with specific items and targets that build on institutional strengths are outlined in the Gender Plan of Action. This plan includes staff recommendations for improvements identified in each stage of the audit. 




  • It provides a simple and accessible way to quickly gauge gender integration followed by more in-depth reflection and analysis by focus groups.
  • Multiple stakeholders’ voices are involved in the assessment process.
  • The audit provides opportunities to explore political barriers and constraints to gender equitable policies and programs within the organization.
  • The audit highlights areas for organizational and programmatic strengthening using participatory means.


Weaknesses (or not designed for):

  •  The Audit’s reliance on the implementation commitment from senior staff and gender focal teams makes it difficult to conduct if political will does not exist.
  • The audit offers little assistance for broader monitoring or evaluation of programs or for tracking change.
  • The process lacks specific follow-up and accountability mechanisms for action planning. 


[1] InterAction. 2009. “Gender Audit. A Tool for Organizational Transformation.”

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