This framework was developed to help build a common understanding between Development Partners (DPs) regarding gender equality and social inclusion. Nepal has achieved significant progress in addressing these issues, supported by positive national and international commitments. However, a large proportion of Nepal’s population continues to be affected by discrimination. A more coherent approach among DPs will ensure further coordinated collective support to the Government of Nepal.
The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Working Group, (renamed from Social Inclusion Action Group (SIAG) in March 2016), is one of the Working Groups under the Social Cluster of the International Development Partner Group (IDPG) (Refer to Annex 1 for the list of IDPG GESI Working Group members). The GESI Working Group aims to provide strategic advice and support to the IDPG and other development stakeholders on gender equality and social inclusion. USAID and UN Women are the current co-chairs, having taken over in March 2016 from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.