For the European Union, gender equality is an objective and principle that must inform all internal and external action, including development cooperation. The EU Consensus on Development (2005) includes Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment as a core operating principle and a cross-cutting objective of EU development policy. On 14 June 2010, the European Council approved the EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development (GAP). This Plan offers a range of concrete actions and targets to enhance EU leadership in promoting gender equality in development and ensuring concerted action with EU Member States which will lead to significant impacts on the ground. The accountability mechanism linked to this GAP is a driving force behind the increasing demand of EU Delegations for guidance and technical assistance on how to implement the GAP. This project aimed to respond to an increased need expressed by EU Delegations’ staff to strengthen their capacity to incorporate gender equality and women's empowerment in the different sectors of bilateral cooperation (including budget support programmes) and to conduct gender policy and political dialogue with partner countries. The incorporation of a gender perspective in the core staff training courses intended to reach out to a broad variety of EU staff, especially for training on sectors which are traditionally not gender-friendly. The main objective this assignment was to strengthen gender capacity building of EU staff at HQ and Delegations in all EU external cooperation instruments and across development cooperation sectors, in order to achieve the targets enshrined by the EU GAP. The specific objectives of this assignment were: • Gender Mainstreaming in core EU training courses • Three online training sessions • Guidance and technical assistance to EU staff on implementing the GAP • Dissemination and visibility of best practices on gender mainstreaming • Strengthen the network of Gender Focal Persons in EU Delegations.

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