Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI)

IFRCs Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) in WASH Guidance Note

This guidance note provides an overview of key PGI issues to consider when assessing, designing, implementing and monitoring both long-term and humanitarian WASH programmes, in the Red Cross Red Crescent context.

Do you sometimes experience communication hiccups when talking to your WASH or PGI colleagues? Despair not! This video, and IFRCs PGI in WASH Guidance Note can help you in finding a common language, so that you can jointly navigate the complexities of PGI in WASH.

Questions to guide WASH programming: Integrating PGI and good community engagement

This tool is the same “Questions to ask yourself” from page 16-17 in the PGI in WASH Guidance Note – but in Word format, for easy adaptation. These questions can be used as a reminder of key considerations when assessing, designing, implementing and coordinating WASH programmes.

¿A veces experimenta problemas de comunicación cuando habla con sus colegas de WASH o PGI? ¡No te desesperes! Este video y nuestro nuevo documento puede ayudarlo a encontrar un lenguaje común, para que pueda navegar conjuntamente por las complejidades de PGI en WASH.

Philippine Red Cross – PGI in WASH Guidance Note (adapted to local context)

This version of the guidance note is adapted to better suit the needs of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) local chapters, and is intended to guide PRC chapter staff, volunteers, and external stakeholders who are committed to improve the WASH conditions in their local areas.

This guidance note replaces the old version: IFRC Guidance note – Gender in Water and Sanitation

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IFRC resources

IFRC Gender checklist for WatSan planning

2010 Australian RC Gender and water and sanitation guidance note

South Asia earthquake –Pakistan Ensuring gender equity

This IFRC case study elaborates some of the activities and interventions that took place in the affected communities in Pakistan following the earthquake to ensure improved hygiene practices and behaviour while encouraging gender equity and community participation.

WASH and disabilities

WASH and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities – Mission Report, Ghana Red Cross Society – November 2017

Disability in emergencies (CBM International)
Water supply and sanitation access and use by physically disabled people
WaterAid Mainstreaming disability issues in WASH
WEDC WatSan for disabled persons and other vulnerable groups 
WaterAid Briefing note: Including disabled people in sanitation and hygiene services
Oxfam Excreta disposal for people with physical disabilities in emergencies

Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities

Manuals and Toolkits

A gender approach to WatSan (WEDC)
Aspects for gender analysis toolkit (European Commission) 
Demand driven gender implications
Avances y desafíos de la transversalización del enfoque de género en la gestión integrada de recursos hídricos en América Latina
Gender guidelines water supply and sanitation (AusAid) 
Guía de recursos: Transversalización del enfoque de género en la gestión del agua
Handbook on concepts and methods for mainstreaming gender equality
Indicators for a gender sensitive approach (WaterAid)
Mainstreaming gender in water management: A guide (UNDP)
Guide des ressources pour l’Intégration des questions de genre dans la gestion de l’eau
A practical guide to Gender-sensitive Approaches for Disaster Management
Violence, Gender, and WASH Toolkit

IASC Gender handbook: WASH chapter
IASC GBV guidelines-WASH chapter

Policy and Advocacy

Advocacy manual for gender and water ambassadors
Gender policy of the International Federation
Policy development manual for GWA members


Gender mainstreaming in integrated water resources management training of trainers package
Introduction to training
Module 1: Gender and IWRM
Module 2: Gender sensitive training skills
Module 3: Mainstreaming gender in project management cycle
Module 4: Gender mainstreaming tools
Module 5: Gender mainstreaming in organisations and policy practices
Module 6: Planning training of trainers workshops
Evaluation form
Additional resources
TOT cover pack

Reports-Briefings-Overview papers

A gender approach to WASH programming (WaterAid)
Gender and water: Thematic overview paper
Gender and water annual report
Mainstreaming gender in unstable environments (UNICEF)
Gender in water resource management, water supply, and sanitation (IRC)
A resource guide to gender, rights, and water privatization (WEDO) 
Improving women’s participation in water and sanitation (WEDC)
Integrating gender needs into water projects (OXFAM)
Mainstreaming gender in rural water supply (WEDC)
Mainstreaming gender in rural sanitation in Uganda (WaterAid)
Mainstreaming gender in water and sanitation (SA govt)
Practical strategies for including women as well as men in water and sanitation activities (Bridge)
Putting women in the centre of water and sanitation sector
Trends in gender, water, and sanitation mainstreaming
Report on the position of WaterAid Nepal and NEWAH on gender in relationship to water and sanitation work
Water projects and women empowerment
Women and Water: An ethical issue (UNESCO)
Women 2000 and beyond (UN)

Case Studies

Bangladesh: Gender mainstreaming processes in community-based flood risk management
Bangladesh: Gender, water, and poverty
Integration of gender perspectives in WaterAid’s Bangladesh programme
Brazil:Women’s leadership environmental capacity building
Gender perspectives: A collection of case studies: International Federation manual 
Género: en el sector agua y saneamiento de la Región Andina 
Guatemala meeting women’s and men’s water needs environmental protection
Indonesia: the Impact of Women’s Participation in the Aqua-Danone Advocacy Programme
Men’s roles, gender relations, and sustainability in water supplies: some lessons from Nepal
Gender assessment & gender action plan of USAID/Nepal
Integrating gender needs into drinking water projects in Nepal
Nicaragua: Gender Equality as a Condition for Access to Water and Sanitation
Nigeria: Using Gender Mainstreaming Processes to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources of the Obudu Plateau Communities in Northern Cross River State
Pakistan: Initiative of One, Relief for All – Women’s Leadership in the Banda Golra Water Supply Scheme
Mainstreaming gender in South African sanitation
South Africa: Women in Sanitation and Brick Making Project, Mabule Village
Togo: Integrating Gender into the Promotion of Hygiene in Schools SSHE (sanitation)
Mainstreaming gender in sanitation and hygiene in Uganda
Zimbabwe: Gender mainstreaming in water supply and sanitation


Guides and Handbooks

WASH Accountability checklist in word and pdf
Sphere Handbook 2011 in EnglishFrenchSpanish, and Arabic
WASH community leaflet 1(word and pdf) and leaflet 2 (word and pdf)
ECB Good enough guide in English, and 12 other languages 
The guide to the HAP standard
Oxfam Building trust in diverse teams
Global diversity game
Community management toolkit
Community management toolkit flash cards
Working accountability to promote sustainability 
IFRC Community Engagement and Accountability

Case studies

Case study: Southern Sudan: What information people want
Case study: The challenge of sharing budget information
Case study: Community participation
Case study: Community participation monitoring tool
Case study: Southern Sudan feedback mechanism