Gender Analysis Training Manual for EPA and CSME Standby Facility Projects

The EPA and CSME Standby Facility is available to CARIFORUM countries to build capacity to better access the benefits of Europe’s Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Financed by the European Union, the resources are being managed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The pool of funds is available to the CARIFORUM region - which comprises the 15 Caribbean Community States and the Dominican Republic - and are directed to finance trade related projects on behalf of governments and business support organisations. Its focus on trade and gender equality is a conscious effort to address noted disparities in the sector. 

This manual serves as an introduction to key gender concepts for use by the beneficiaries of the Standby Facility. It is a resource for mainstreaming gender in project activities by ensuring the encapsulation of gender from conceptualisation onward in keeping with the mandate of the Standby Facility and in alignment with CDB's Gender Equality Policy and Strategy (GEPOS) 2019.

Table of contents


Overview of CDB’s gender equality policy and operational strategy

Training module outline

Gender concepts

Introduction to gender

What is gender?

Identifying gender roles

Time use survey


Gender responsive approaches

Gender mainstreaming in projects/programmes.

Conducting a gender analysis

Why a gender analysis?

Approaches to gender analysis: Moser

Access and control framework

Project cycle

Guided questions for the project cycle analysis

Gender dimension in project identification

Gender dimension in project design

Gender dimension in project implementation

Gender dimension in project evaluation

Gender mainstreaming best practices


Glossary of terms