UNDP’s Gender and Crisis Facility directly supports teams to “drive forward transformational change in crisis contexts, and demonstrate new ways of working that better respond to the diverse needs of women and girls, and directly challenge harmful gender norms that drive both inequalities and crises.” Based on similar work carried out by the Facility in Lebanon, and using Sudan as a case study, this Capstone team’s contribution is threefold:  

  • Designed a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) framework to measure the extent to which women's economic empowerment (WEE) and gender-based violence (GBV) programming contribute to gender transformational change in crisis contexts.  
  • Developed a complementary field guide to support the framework’s use and implementation locally.  
  • Designed survey questions and recommended other potential digital learning tools to facilitate field-based data collection through the use of the new MEAL framework.  

Initially, the team developed a working definition of gender transformational change, rooted in existing scholarship and shaped by interviews with field experts. Subsequently, the team conducted a robust literature review of M&E frameworks related to WEE and GBV programming and gender transformation, including academic and research papers, various guidelines and international standards, and documents provided by UNDP, interviewed several key stakeholders, including UNDP M&E experts, Gender Specialists, and implementing partners, and engaged with local actors, specifically a student group at Blue Nile University, to ensure their framework is relevant and applicable to their local context.