Cross-Cutting Factors

As you finalize your ToC and begin to plan your projects, there are several cross-cutting frameworks to consider.  

Gender Analysis and Integration

Research shows that VE risk (and resilience) factors differ for men and women. Therefore, we recommend conducting a gender analysis in order to effectively design a project for different populations vulnerable to VE recruitment. Gender roles in your target communities will impact how you design projects to reach vulnerable women and men, girls and boys. Please see the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Cross-Cutting Section for more information.

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Gender Integration and Analysis Exercise
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This worksheet will help you integrate gender considerations into your project design and implementation.

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Integrating Positive Youth Development (PYD) in Project Design

The PYD Youth Project Matrix can also be used during the design phase in order to identify P/CVE activities that promote different PYD features. Your organization can develop one matrix for each of the youth-related goals and target groups you have identified for your project. Go to the Youth Involvement Cross-Cutting Section for information on the theories behind PYD and examples of a PYD approach.   

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PYD Youth Project Matrix Exercise
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This worksheet will help you design your project. It is based on the Examples of Positive Youth Development Program Activities Aligned with PYD Features, Mapped to a Socio-Ecological Model.

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Engaging Stakeholders in Project Design

Engaging a wide range of stakeholders when conducting assessments and designing projects is a good practice for most development programs. Including different stakeholders may help to secure ownership and buy-in from actors whose participation is essential for your project’s success and sustainability. Also, placing the needs of people you are engaging or serving at the center of your design process simply produces better results. The Stakeholder Engagement Cross-Cutting Section provides more information on the principles of stakeholder engagement, guidance on conducing a stakeholder analysis and engagement plan, and how such engagement benefits your P/CVE project.