The IASC Gender with Age Marker

What is the GAM?

Welcome to the IASC Gender with Age Marker.

Discussing and answering its questions with your colleagues greatly increases the likelihood that you will design a gender-responsive project.

How does it do that? (Click here to access further resources or scroll down to ‘why is it useful’).

Discussing and answering its questions during monitoring will help you identify what you are doing well, and where you may want to improve.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, results from GAM monitoring are a unique source of data on humanitarian inclusion and accountability, used in a variety of global reports. See here for more detail.

The GAM is NOT used to judge projects, or to decide whether they should be selected or funded.

It is called a “marker” because at the end of filling in the questionnaire, you will receive a “code.”  This code does NOT reflect the quality of your proposal or monitoring report.

The code provides an indication of the consistency of your strategy or program with respect to the different gender and age groups identified for assistance.

Why is the GAM useful?

A reflective tool

The GAM was designed in response to requests from the field, for a tool that would help them understand how to do better gender equality programming.  People knew they weren’t getting it right, but there was little practical advice on HOW projects could be improved.

The GAM offers 12 programming actions to improve attention to gender and age in projects and programs.

It is the process of discussing and answering the GAM questions that creates better projects.  Ideally the GAM is used as a team planning or monitoring exercise.  As supervisors, donors or managers, we do not need to know what “code” people received on their GAM; we only require evidence that they have completed the questionnaire.

The GAM provides topics and questions for project teams to discuss, reflect on, and decide if there are ways they can improve the project.  It can be completed by a single monitoring officer, but users report it is most beneficial when project teams work together to complete the exercise. Nobody is going to apply the GAM to your project (this is very different from the old gender marker.)

You decide if you are happy with how gender and age concerns are reflected in your project.  The GAM merely guides a reflective, learning process.

The only quantitative source of global data on gender & age

The GAM is accumulating a global data resource of how age and gender are factored into humanitarian programmes worldwide. A sample of global GAM monitoring results (March 2020) are available here.

Ensure effective assistance

Results from the GAM speak directly to Commitments from the Agenda for Humanity, including gender-responsive planning and programming; integration of SGBV prevention and response in humanitarian action; meaningful and effective engagement of affected people especially women and girls; improving transparency and accountability throughout the humanitarian program cycle.

Apply the GAM to ensure your organization and your country response plan are on track and delivering assistance effectively to women, girls, boys and men of all ages.

Impact beyond humanitarian work

Beyond humanitarian settings, the GAM is being used in development, peacebuilding and governance settings. Stories from our users are available here.

How to use the marker

Design: We recommend using the GAM during the design of your programme, to enable effectively planned programmes that consider age and gender throughout.

Monitoring: If your program or project been underway for three months or more, it’s time to use the GAM for monitoring.  A sample of global GAM monitoring results (October 2019) is available here.

Please remember to use Chrome or Firefox to open the GAM – it does not work in Internet Explorer.

Take me to the Marker


The GAM will issue you with a code upon completion. This is replacement for the old gender marker, where you had to get a code 2 to get code for funding. The new marker code is not a formal evaluation of your programme, but will serve as an indicator of your planning so far.


Once you complete the marker, you will be issued a reference number. To get a report of the information you entered, click here.