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WAGE Rapid Needs Assessment and Grounded Gender & Inclusion Analysis


WAGE is committed to integrating gender equality and female empowerment throughout the program cycle (planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation), and adhering to the principles of diversity and inclusion in all its initiatives. Accordingly, all WAGE programs must be shaped by tailored Gender & Inclusion Analyses, incorporate gender perspectives, and use standard indicators to provide one measure of success of strategies, projects, and activities. These standard indicators are reflected in the WAGE Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan.

The Rapid Needs Assessment and Grounded Gender & Inclusion Analysis is a country level analysis that validates and expands the Preliminary Gender & Inclusion Analysis through mixed methods research conducted in specific target locations. It examines barriers and opportunities at multiple levels of analysis and informs the crafting of interventions and activities to address those barriers. Unequal power relations that inform and uphold marginalization and exclusion are codified and upheld by formal and informal practices, policies, and perceptions such as harmful gender norms, discrimination, and social stigma that operate across multiple levels, including individual, family, community, institutional and systemic level. The examination of multiple barriers and opportunities across domains over multiple levels of analysis is required to engage in gender transformative solutions, as issues rarely occur as the result of one barrier.

Preliminary Gender & Inclusion Analyses are required for all WAGE’s strategic initiatives as standalone documents at the proposal stage.

Rapid Needs Assessments and Grounded Gender & Inclusion Analyses are completed at the program inception stage. They are meant to validate the initial program design, theory of change, and Preliminary Gender & Inclusion Analyses and contextualize them to the country of implementation, including an examination of the multiple and interwoven barriers and opportunities to women’s and girls’ empowerment related to the focus of the specific WAGE initiative. The results will inform the design of activities.

This assessment seeks to address the specific focus of each WAGE initiative. Thus, the questions asked will differ depending on the goals, objectives, and desired outcomes of each WAGE country initiative’s activities. The illustrative questions provided in this guide are a starting point. Tailored questions should be asked in addition to these general questions to ensure that these assessments are fit for purpose.

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The Rapid Needs Assessment and Grounded Gender & Inclusion Analysis was developed by Tanyel Taysi and Salome Tsereteli-Stephens from the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). The Rapid Needs Assessment and Grounded Gender & Inclusion Analysis builds off the Women’s Economic Empowerment Assessment Tool developed by Paulina (Paula) Rudnicka and Mridula Shrestha, Legal Advisors at ABA ROLI, in close collaboration with other WAGE consortium members.

The statements contained in “Rapid Needs Assessment and Grounded Gender & Inclusion Analysis” are the work of the Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) consortium, led by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in close partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Grameen Foundation USA, and Search for Common Ground (Search). The Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) has neither reviewed nor sanctioned its content. Accordingly, the views expressed in the report should not be construed as representing the policy of the ABA. Furthermore, nothing contained in this report is to be considered rendering legal advice for specific cases, and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice from their own legal counsel.

This publication was funded by the United States Department of State through a grant provided to the WAGE consortium. All opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the United States Government, WAGE, or any members of the WAGE consortium.


Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) is a global consortium to advance the status of women and girls, led by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in close partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise, Grameen Foundation, and Search for Common Ground. WAGE works to strengthen the capacity of private sector organizations (PSOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in target countries to improve the prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV); advance the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda; and support women’s economic empowerment (WEE). In this context, WAGE provides direct assistance to women and girls, including information, resources, and services they need to succeed as active and equal participants in the global economy. WAGE also engages in collaborative research and learning to build a body of evidence on relevant promising practices in these thematic areas. To account for the deeply interconnected nature of women’s and girls’ experiences, WAGE’s initiatives employ approaches that are highly collaborative, integrated, and inclusive. WAGE is funded by the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.