United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations Participatory Gender Analysis Final Report

Publication Date: 30/09/2015

Background United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations (UBALE), is a five-year (2015-2019) Food for Peace program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), Save the Children, and the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM). The program aims to reduce chronic malnutrition and food insecurity and build resilience among vulnerable populations in threedistricts in Malawi, Blantyre Rural, Chikwawaand Nsanje. The program has three primary Purposes:

-Purpose 1: Market-based production and income generation to increase household income;
-Purpose 2:Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), particularly focusing on pregnant and lactating mothers and children under the age of 2;
-Purpose 3: Disaster Risk Management designed to empower communities to contribute to their own sustainable development.

To this effect, the UBALE team carried out a gender analysis in August and September of 2015, with the participation of UBALE key staff from across the three Purposes described above. The gender analysis included two components: 1) a secondary review of meso-and macro-level gender trends and 2) a micro-level, qualitative analysis carried out in twolocations in Blantyre Rural and Nsanje districts.