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Toolkit: Facilitating a gender-responsive NAP process

This toolkit published by NAP Global Network, Least Developed Countries Expert Group and the Adaptation Committee— supports country efforts to pursue a gender-responsive NAP process.
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  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 4 hours
  • Learning product: Toolkit
  • Sector: Multi-sector
  • Language: English
  • Certificate available: No


The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process is a key mechanism for defining adaptation priorities, channelling resources and implementing adaptation actions. It therefore presents a key opportunity to address the gender dimensions of climate change if it is undertaken in a gender-responsive manner.

This toolkit is designed to support country efforts to pursue a gender-responsive NAP process. The toolkit offers a flexible approach, recognizing that there are opportunities to integrate gender considerations regardless of where you are in the NAP process.

This article highlights the training aspects of theGender-Responsive Process to Formulate and Implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)toolkit. You can find asummary of this toolkit in the National Adaptation Planning theme.

Institutional background and trainer

The toolkit is a joint publication of the NAP Global Network, the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) and the Adaptation Committeeunder the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Who would find it useful?

The toolkit will be useful for government actors coordinating the NAP process, as well as for stakeholders and development partners supporting adaptation planning and implementation.

Training material

The toolkit is organised around the key entry points in the NAP process, based on the elements outlined in the UNFCCC Technical Guidelines for the NAP Process produced by the LEG. It also provides guidance on addressing gender in the enabling activities that facilitate progress and increase effectiveness in the NAP process, including the establishment of institutional arrangements, capacity development, stakeholder engagement, information sharing and securing finance.

The toolkit also provides links to key tools for gender-responsive approaches, as well as other useful resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. Background: This section provides background information for the toolkit, including a description of key terms and concepts, the rationale for a gender-responsive approach and a summary of gender considerations for the NAP process. It also includes suggestions on steps you can take to prepare for a gender-responsive NAP process

  3. Overview of Entry Points and Enabling Activities for a Gender-Responsive NAP Process

  4. Guidance on Utilising the Entry Points for a Gender-Responsive NAP Process: This section provides guidance on applying gender-responsive approaches at each of the key entry points in the NAP process. For each entry point, a gender-responsive principle is identified that outlines the aim of adopting a gender-responsive approach at that particular step in the NAP process. The principle is followed by an explanation of why it is important to integrate gender considerations into this step.

  5. Guidance on Enabling Activities for a Gender-Responsive NAP Process: This section provides guidance on taking a gender-responsive approach to the key enabling activities for the NAP process. It outlines key gender-responsive principles, why they are important, what they look like in practice and also provides some practice examples.

  6. Key Tools for Gender-Responsive Approaches: This section provides an overview of key tools for gender-responsive approaches. Each tool has an associated description and outline of the specific considerations for applying it in the NAP process.

  7. Additional Resources on Gender and Climate Change Adaptation: This section provides links to additional resources on gender and climate change adaptation that may be useful to countries in undertaking their NAP processes.

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Suggested citation: NAP Global Network & UNFCCC. (2019). Toolkit for a gender-responsive process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). Dazé, A., and Church, C. (lead authors). Winnipeg: International Institute for Sustainable Development. Retrieved from

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