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This article examines three social protection interventions from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Peru, and discusses the extent to which they effectively integrate a gender perspective to address poverty and vulnerability. All three case studies have important design features aiming to tackle gender inequalities in both the economic and social spheres, which is critical for programme effectiveness. Despite these examples of good practice, however, there are gaps in programme design, particularly in explicitly challenging existing inequalities between men and women, for instance, such as promoting women’s quality participation in the labour market, and their active engagement, voice and agency in household and community decision-making. Moreover, greater investment in the implementation of such features is often needed to effectively translate programme goals into gender equitable outcomes and impacts.

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10.1080/13552074.2011.592637

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