Gender is a way of looking at how social norms and power structures affect different groups of men and women. Understanding that men and women, boys and girls experience poverty differently, and face different barriers in accessing services, economic resources and political opportunities, helps to target interventions.

About this Topic Guide

This Topic Guide introduces some of the best recent literature on a range of gender issues and highlights major critical debates. It is intended primarily as a reference for policymakers and highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies. New publications and emerging issues will be regularly incorporated.

The guide was written by Ann Kangas, Huma Haider (GSDRC, University of Birmingham) and Erika Fraser in 2012. It was commissioned and funded by the Australian Government (DFAT). It was updated in 2014 by Evie Browne (GSDRC, University of Birmingham) with funding from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID).

The GSDRC appreciates the expert contributions made by Samantha Hung (Asian Development Bank) and Annalise Moser (Gender and Development Specialist).

Suggested citation

Kangas, A., Haider, H., Fraser, E. & Browne, E. (2014). Gender: Topic Guide. (Revised ed.) Birmingham: GSDRC, University of Birmingham, UK