Outcome assessment of gender-transformative social accountability in Bangladesh

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A policy brief on the gender-transformative social accountability approach


This outcome assessment is linked to the implementation of Strengthening Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in WASH in Bangladesh (SHOMOTA), a civil society project implemented by World Vision Bangladesh. SHOMOTA is an integrated project incorporating water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the empowerment of women and people with disabilities, and engagement with government and the private sector. The project’s primary goal is to equip key stakeholders within sub-national governments, schools, businesses and community-based organisations to improve gender- and disabilityinclusive WASH in schools and communities. Gender-transformative social accountability (GTSA) is just one of many approaches employed by the SHOMOTA project. GTSA was supported through an academic-NGO partnership between the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS); World Vision Bangladesh (WVB); World Vision Australia (WVA); and the University of Rajshahi (UoR).


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Winterford, K., Pranay, P., Megaw, T., Baroi, H., Ahsan, K., Roy, P., Ferdows, H. (2022) Outcome assessment of gendertransformative social accountability in Bangladesh: Policy Brief. Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.



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