Guidance Note on Feminist MEAL

by Oxfam Canada | June 10, 2020
Background media: A 30-year-old Ethiopian woman with very short hair in a long blue dress stands smiling in the doorway of her home.

Feminist Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) is based on the understanding that transformative change in unequal gender and power relations is complex and nonlinear. It challenges us to think differently about what is considered evidence, pushes the boundaries of how evidence is captured, questions who gives knowledge meaning and power and promotes social transformation.

At Oxfam Canada, we recognize the autonomy and independence of our partners in the work we do together, and we are committed to a relationship of mutual accountability and shared decision-making. We believe that MEAL should support knowledge generation that is meaningful, accessible and relevant to those who rightly own it – the people with whom we work.

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