Gender and age group-sensitive language is essential to make people visible in M&E.
Photo: Joao Costa/Zwela/InovAgro Mozambique


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National offices of statistics as well as monitoring systems of development agencies tend to inform at household, farmer or family level, but often don’t go any further. To allocate resources, specifically to women, men, girls and boys, in a meaningful way, it is essential to make people visible by using gender and age group sensitive language and by describing the conditions and context under which these different groups of people are living.

Poverty reduction is at the core of sustainable development. Almost half of the world population – more than three billion people – still live in poverty. In order to make pro-gress towards global justice, security and sustainability, decent income and employment for 1.3 billion extreme poor need to be created, and 800 million people suffering from hunger need to reach food security. An analogue challenge was recognised already in 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) process of 2000-2015 defined the eradication of extreme poverty as its first goal. Efforts to reach MDG 1 are relatively successful, because of robust results from countries like China, Vietnam, and Brazil. Finally, in September 2015, with the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, the United Nations agreed to meet SDG 1 “to end poverty in all its forms” and SDG 2 “to end hunger (and all forms of malnutrition)’’ by 2030.

Multilateral and bilateral development agencies as well as many civil society organisations continue to focus on improving the economic and social situation of women, men and children living in poverty.

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