Gender and Evaluation Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information
1. Workshop Title: Evaluating Gender in U.S. Foreign Policy
Organization: Office of Global Women's Issues
Summary: This panel will include presentations from State, USAID, and from World Bank officials on the key challenges in evaluating gender in foreign policy and development. Questions that will drive the panelists' presentations will include: What are the most effective indicators for evaluating gender in foreign policy and development? How does one streamline the data collection process in the field in order to ensure that relevant and useful data is reported back to Washington? How can gender data be collected in a way that informs strategic planning and budgetary decision-making?
Proceedings: Session Transcript
Paula Lynch - Moderator
Paula Reed Lynch is the Director for Global and Functional Issues (F/GF) for the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance at the Department of State. Her office manages the budget build, allocations, and performance processes covering the 15 bureaus and offices of State and USAID whose work is in global, functional, or sectoral areas, funded with foreign assistance. In her career at State, she has worked mostly in humanitarian assistance in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), and also in many USG inter-agency and multilateral settings, including for the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) and on the USG Inter-agency Task Force on the World Conference against Racism (2001). She worked closely with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross to promote gender considerations in policy setting, planning guidelines, as well as through indicator reporting. When she was the Rapporteur of UNHCR's Executive Committee, she managed the drafting and negotiation of its Conclusion (#98) on Protection from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (2003).
Ms. Nistha Sinha is an Economist in the Gender and Development division of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit, World Bank. She was a co-author of the 2007 World Development Report, "Development and the Next Generation" and 2007 Global Monitoring Report, "Confronting the Challenges of Gender Equality and Fragile States". Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University (2001-2003). Her areas of research include employment, health, education, poverty and gender issues in low-income countries with a focus on evaluating impact of public programs.
Nora O'Connell is Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs at Women Thrive Worldwide.
She is responsible for leading the organization's policy and advocacy work on international development issues including increasing access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity for women and girls, and reducing gender-based violence.
Prior to joining Women Thrive, she has worked on increasing economic opportunities for women in the U.S. and worldwide in a variety of capacities, including as an independent consultant, as deputy campaign manager for a United States Senate campaign; and leading the Women and Economy Program at the Center for Policy Alternatives working with women state legislators and grassroots leaders. She also worked for several years at the Communications Consortium Media Center, a nonprofit communications consulting firm, on issues impacting women and children.