On December 6th 2016 at Casina Valadier in Roma, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM Bari) has organized, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the closing seminar of GEMAISA Project
At the event participated, among the different representatives of the Project, the Ambassador Pietro Sebastiani, Director General for Development Cooperation at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (DGCS/MAECI) and Laura Frigenti, Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).
The seminar aimed at discussing the lessons learnt from the programme, that experimented an innovative regional dimension. The dialogue among different actors from four countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia and Italy), not only highlighted the peculiarities and dynamics of the different contexts, but paved the way for the development of a common language on gender equality and rural women's empowerment.
This dialogue - that has been established or strengthened also at country level involving key Ministries, local relevant authorities and institutions and the civil society - resulted in the implementation of three pilot initiatives in the target areas (EL Fayoum in Egypt, Chouf in Lebanon, Medenine in Tunisia).
GEMAISA programme has involved several stakeholders in the three countries broadening its scope through the synergies created during the implementation and on-line networking activities. Indeed, the original programme has been adapted according to the countries' specificities and to the increasing capacity and vision of the involved stakeholders.
These processes have been analyzed through a participatory evaluation activity aimed at identifying what has changed in the actors involved at different levels in their relationships, in their knowledge and practices. The participatory evaluation was carried out testing qualitative and quantitative participatory tools that were adapted to the different contexts.
The results were presented and discussed at the seminar, in order to evaluate further support actions in the three target countries and exploring the possibilities for scaling-up in other Mediterranean countries.
Keeping in mind the Agenda 2030 recommendation to develop gender-disaggregated data collection systems and to identify more effective multidimensional indicators to measure women's empowerment and gender equality, the seminar aimed at presenting the lessons learnt from GEMAISA in this domain and discuss practices and tools developed, in order to draw recommendations for future development initiatives in rural contexts of South Mediterranean countries.
Furthermore the seminar has been the occasion to announce officially the financing, by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, of a second phase of the Project (GEMAISA II), which will be implemented in 2017.