The Challenge
To contribute to reporting efforts on the implementation of the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) III by focusing on two key components: intersectionality and gender-transformative approaches.

Our work and approach
In recent years, gender transformative approaches (GTAs) and intersectionality have gained increasing influence in the field of international cooperation given their potential to provide analytical frameworks and tools that can effectively contribute to gender equality. The European Union’s Gender Action Plan III 2021-2025 (GAP III) seeks to promote gender equality as one of the central political objectives of the EU’s external action by going beyond gender mainstreaming to embrace GTAs and intersectionality as key pathways for bringing about change. This study seeks to understand the contribution of 25 EU-funded interventions to gender equality by analysing if and how gender transformative and intersectional approaches have been applied in their implementation. These 25 interventions were implemented by a wide range of partners (including CSOs, INGOs, UN agencies, private sector actors, academia and bilateral development agencies), and covered 28 countries .

Results and Insights
Results of the analysis covered the four categories of the Gender at work analytical framework, including the access to control over resources; the attitudes, values and practices; the rules, laws and policies and the respective sociocultural norms and beliefs and detailing seven steps for effective action from the EC services.