PROGREEN actively engages with and encourages the participation of vulnerable groups, including women, youth, indigenous peoples, and marginalized populations—through project assessments and diagnostics, and participatory consultations during project preparation. PROGREEN will ensure that funded activities address project-specific gaps in engaging women, youth and indigenous peoples, and indicators to monitor progress towards these outcomes. Grant recipients are required to engage communities and vulnerable groups in areas such as decision–making, transparency, income generating activities, and benefit–sharing, and all proposed projects will be screened for their potential to increase this participation. Opportunities for involvement by communities and vulnerable groups include employment as service providers, trainers, and third–party project monitors. PROGREEN can also finance project interventions, trainings, and capacity building activities that target women, youth, and indigenous peoples.
PROGREEN activities are aligned with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework to inclusively promote sustainable development benefits and opportunities, and the Gender Equality Strategy , which emphasizes that development results are enhanced when both women and men are afforded equal participation. Women potentially represent a large share of the direct and indirect beneficiaries from PROGREEN, as they are active participants in rural economies as farmers, workers and entrepreneurs. On average, women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce but, compared to men, they possess fewer agricultural assets, such as land, livestock, and human capital, and have less access to inputs and services, such as seed, fertilizer, finance, and insurance. Mainstreaming gender considerations in landscape development approaches will be key to achieving global environmental benefits and meet the challenge of reducing deforestation.
Gender and Vulnerability Program: learn how PROGREEN is addressing gender gaps in its activities.