A gender assessment commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 2010 identified various gender specific shortcomings in its programmes in Tanzania, including the Rural Livelihood Development Programme (RLDP). In the aftermath of the evaluation the Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC), which is implementing RLDP, launched gender trainings for its staff and assigned gender focal persons amongst its partners. In addition, since 2011 one business analyst is specifically in charge of gender issues.

However, as RLDP is following a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach which is, by nature, gender blind the progresses with regard to gender remained moderate. M4P obliges RLDC to minimise their interference with the market and thus restrains its activities to the role as a facilitator of public and private actors. As a consequence the approach followed requires all partners to act gender sensitively from an informed basis. 

In the light of these realities RLDC engaged Dr. Magdalena K. Ngaiza, gender consultant at the Gender Centre of the University of Dar Es Salaam, to undertake a gender study that would focus on RLDC's rice and cotton sectors. The assessment has been conducted in september 2012 in six villages in Tabora, Manyara and Morogoro regions. 177 respondents were interviewed, including 97 men and 80 women. Methodologically the analysis concentrated on qualitative approaches such as literature reviews, group discussions and household case studies. Hereafter the key findings of this evaluation are presented.

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