UN Gender Thematic Trust Fund

United Nations
Geographical focus: 
East Asia and the Pacific
South Asia
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Gender in Tourism
Intro text: 
The Fund has been established by UNDP to support gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives at regional and country level.

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Who can apply?

Mostly developing countries.

Objectives and activities

Objective: Support gender equality and women’s empowerment projects and programmes in developing countries. Currently the Gender Thematic Trust Fund has received nearly USD 10 million and has funded projects in over 65 countries. The target are primarily the least developing countries and Africa (70% of the projects financed).

Some projects link women and economic empowerment (indirect link to jobs and tourism):

-        Colombia: Bringing Women’s Voices and Rights into Development and Peace-Building Local Agendas (Outcome: help place the issue of gender equality and human rights of women on the public development agenda in the department of Narino. Build capacities of women’s organizations to influence local development agendas. Build capacities of local public institutions to design and implement gender sensitive development plans and policies)

-        Cuba: Enhancing Gender Visibility in the Caribbean Climate Risk Management (Outcome: Conduct assessments of national risk management systems in Jamaica, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Dominica, and Belize. Conduct three case studies on climate change adaptation in the Caribbean region with a gender perspective in Jamaica, Suriname, and Guyana.

-        Kyrgyzstan: Support to Rural Women-Informal Workers (Outcome: establish better opportunities for rural and other vulnerable groups working in the information economy through: building capacities of rural women-informal workers; providing self-employed rural workers with improved access to credits, grant resources, and other market and financial resources; and developing appropriate policies in support of informal workers, including developing a regulatory framework.

-        Libya: Promotion of Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment (development of a Needs Assessment Report identifying the opportunities in the labor market for women).

Type and level of funding

The funding comes in the forms of donor countries contributions (previous donor contributions mostly came from the Netherlands, Spain, Finland and Denmark) and from UNDP.

The Fund enables donors to channel resources through earmarked or non-earmarked contributions: for earmarked contributions- contributions support any thematic window, regional or country level programmes/projects, as specified by the donor, in line with the thematic priority of the Fund; non-earmarked contributions support global/regional and country-driven projects that fall within the thematic priorities of the Fund. These range from USD 50,000 to USD 500,000 and can last for up to two years.