Access to Data

Posted in — Stories > Stories of Change
November 7, 2021
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Data, particularly at the project and program levels, can be costly to collect and difficult to analyse for organizations that do not have the expertise in house.

Equilo is one tool, which a few participants in our research cited and introduced us to, that helped international development organizations overcome these issues. It provides sector-specific gender equality and social inclusion analytics across 132 low- and middle-income countries and is built to be easily leveraged by both gender specialists and non-gender M&E or project management workers. The tool visually displays real-time equality data in an easy-to-read format and “Top Areas of Improvement.”

Some features are available free of charge, such as access to the gender equality heat map which provides a comparison of gender equality across topics and countries using open source data. Open source data is used to score countries on aspects of equality such as law, power, and decision making; knowledge and beliefs; and roles and responsibilities. It can additionally provide an assessment of economic access to resources such as unpaid care work, financial inclusion, and workforce participation, which can be used to better understand the key barriers to gender equity for organizations with global offices seeking to contextualise their gender mainstreaming efforts accordingly.

An additional (paid) aspect of the tool is the country and sector gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) contextual analysis which utilizes an algorithm to map GESI-based constraints, opportunities, interventions, indicators, and ideas for action across a breadth of themes and domains. This can be used to help develop data-driven interventions contextualized to the areas targeted.

​Learn more about solutions that assess the efficacy of program-level gender mainstreaming interventions here: