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“To ensure women and girls, boys and men have equal access to and benefit from humanitarian assistance – we must “follow the money”. We need to know how we spend money and who benefits. This is why we are instituting a system of tracking funding – called a gender marker. Only in this way can we be sure we target all the population equally and make sure they receive the resources needed to help them to build back better after emergencies.” Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

What is the IASC Gender Marker? 

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Evaluations of humanitarian effectiveness show gender equality results are weak, although there is a universal acceptance that humanitarian assistance must meet the distinct needs of women, girls, boys and men to generate positive and sustainable outcomes.

The IASC Gender Marker is a tool that codes, on a 0‐2 scale, whether or not a humanitarian project is designed well enough to ensure that women/girls and men/boys will benefit equally from it or that it will advance gender equality in another way. If the project has the potential to contribute to gender equality, the marker predicts whether the results are likely to be limited or significant.

Based on feedback from the rollout in 2010, a revised set of guidance materials has been created since 2012 for the CAP seasons.

An independant evaluation of the IASC Gender Marker was conducted in 2014 with support from Irish Aid and is available here.

The IASC Gender Marker 2013-2014 Report can be found here.


Free Online Training - Different Needs Equal Opportunities - In English and French!

Gender Marker

For more information on the IASC online course Different Needs Equal Opportunities, please go to this page. Available in English and French!

To go straight to the training, please click here.


New report on Donor Spending on Gender in Emergencies in 2013 , an investigation by CARE International UK into the UN data on donor aid to emergency appeals for 17 countries in crisis.

NEW!! Quick reference - How to make sure a Good Project gets the Gender Marker Code it Deserves!

2013 Gender Marker presentation at the CERF Training in Dakar, 16-17 May 2013 .

The CERF training in Dakar included a presentation on the IASC Gender Marker - to download (in French) please click here.

Gender Marker Guidance


How to make sure a good project gets the code it deserves

Gender Marker Prezi Presentation 


Gender Support to Countries for the 2014 Appeals

Guidelines on Gender Marker coding: Gender in the Project Summary EN / FR

Gender Marker Coding Procedures EN /FR


The GenCap Project

The Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) - an IASC Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action initiative created in 2007 in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - seeks to facilitate and strengthen capacity and leadership of humanitarians to undertake and promote gender-sensitive programming to ensure the distinct needs of women, girls, boys and men of all ages, are taken into account in humanitarian action at global, regional, and country levels.Gender Capacity Advisers are deployed to support the Humanitarian Coordinator, Humanitarian Country Teams, UN agencies, cluster leads, NGOs and governments. GenCap Advisers can be deployed in the initial stages of sudden-onset emergencies as well as in protracted or recurring humanitarian situations.For further information concerning the GenCap project, please go to this page.

Gender Marker Cluster-specific Tipsheets

IASC Gender RG

The IASC Gender Reference Group (RG) meets by teleconference every month (first Wednesday of the month). Its work is structured around an annual workplan and focuses on the implementation of a strategy which is reviewed yearly and revised as needed.

The current RG co-chairs are: UNHCR, UN Women, WRC and IFRC.

RG members: CARE, CCF, FAO, INEE, ICRC, IFRC, IMC, InterAction, IOM, IRC, NRC, OCHA, OHCHR, Office RSG/IDPs, OSAGI, OXFAM, UNDAW, UNDESA, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNISDR, UNMAS, WFP, WHO, and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

This is the Gender RG's main page, where all relevant documents will be uploaded.