Latest Developments

The GAM results have been steadily growing since it was introduced in 2018,   Based on 8000+ forms submitted and significant consultation, the GAM questionnaire will be revised and SHORTENED in Q1 2020 to make the process easier for users, and to improve the quality and utility of resulting data.   The revised questionnaire will include questions to identify projects serving people with disabilities.

Based on the 8000+ forms submitted for 2019 and 2020 and significant consultation, the GAM questionnaire is being revised in Q1 2020 to make the process shorter and easier for users, and to improve the quality and utility of resulting data.

The GAM V.2 questionnaire (still draft) includes questions to identify projects serving people with disabilities.  Questions yielding unclear / similar data will be combined or eliminated, and all but one narrative description will be optional.  The new questionnaire is 25% shorter.

Questions regarding projects tailored for women and girls, and those aimed specifically at transforming gender relations have been revised to enable clear identification and tracking of such projects.


GAM Results (Definitions) will be revised to read:

Code 4 The project aims to consistently address both gender and age differences in key program elements
Code 3 The project aims to consistently address gender differences in key program elements, but not age
Code 2 The project addresses only age differences consistently in key program elements, but not gender
Code 1 The project does not consistently address gender or age differences in key program elements
Code 0 The project does not address the key programming elements

Country updates

GAM training in Jordan

On 4 December 2018, the refugee Sector Gender Focal Points Network of Jordan, which is chaired by UNHCR Inter-Sector Coordinator, jointly organized with Gender and Cash Capacity Advisors a full-day workshop to roll-out the Gender with Age Marker tool in Jordan. Around 70 gender experts from government ministries, UN and NGOs participated to join the efforts to enhance humanitarian activities to be more gender and age responsive and committed to apply the tool into their programming, create awareness and build capacity on Gender in Cash programming.


GAM training in Damascus

On November 2019, the Gender senior Adviser finished two GAM trainings. One was a day long training with the Humanitarian fund staff and the second was with 21 gender focal points from agencies and sectors.

GAM training in North East Syria 

OCHA trained 8 cluster coordinators, 5 officers from the health cluster as well as 25 people in Kirkuk from the following sectors: Protection, WASH, Health, GBV, Mine action, Cash Working Group, Shelter and Education. 54 participants were trained on th GAM in Dahuk.

Additionally, the Health cluster partners trained 44 people.

GAM session for Libya operation

OCHA and UNICEF teams held a GAM session on Friday 19th October in Tunis. They trained approximately 35 people from UN entities and international NGOs for the Libya operation.

Whole-of-Syria response

WoS_responseWith the objective to strengthen skills necessary for Damascus-based partners to apply the Gender with Age Marker (GAM) tool in future programming, specifically in the HRP, OCHA in collaboration with sector coordinators, and the seven GAM trainers conducted a series of training to realize this objective. In the period of Aug.15- Oct 10, 13 GAM training have been conducted for ISC (1), sectors (9), Gender working group (1), Syria

Humanitarian Fund (SHF) (1), and OCHA field (1).

A total of 146 participants attended in four main categories: sectors and their partners, Gender Working group, OCHA Field, OCHA SHF Team.

” The GAM is useful because it really makes us rethink giving blanket response: it is actually true that needs of the different age groups and the different gender groups are different and cannot be addressed by the same activities.”  – Project Designer in Northeast Syria

GAM session in West Bank and Gaza

West Bank and Gaza organized 6 joint OPS and GAM clinics with approximately 200 participants attending these workshops. In the clinics in West Bank, cluster gender focal points provided presentations on gender analysis for partners.

In Gaza, UN Women together with and cluster gender focal points conducted dedicated GAM sessions for partners.


Capacity building on gender in programmation 

UN Women Cameroon conducted a capacity building session on gender and programmation in Maroua with 40 participants from UN Agencies, NGOs and SCOs, including the heads of programme and M&E. The main objective was to facilitate inclusion and use of the Gender Handbook and the Gender with Age Marker for more effective gender responsive programming, especially in the upcoming HNO-HRP 2019.

A main focus was on the importance of sex and age disaggregated data to support the data collection and analysis, and on gender sensitive objective and results indicators. During the workshop, a set of gender-sensitive indicators were produced according to the context by the participants. The participants learned to use the Gender with age marker by practical exercise online.

A similar training will also be conducted in Yaoundé.

GAM mission to Eastern Ukraine


The Gender with Age Marker team carried out a one week mission to Ukraine in September to document the implementation of the GAM. NGOs and partners have been using the GAM extensively at the design phase and some others – such as Medecins du Monde – at the monitoring phase. Humanitarian staff reported that they find the GAM easy once they know their project well. Several partners have been improving their projects according to GAM results.

The GAM team together with the OCHA Gender Focal Point conducted 7 training and met with more than 50 head of offices, programming staff and INGO colleagues to discuss GAM implementation.

GAM orientation session in Damascus, Syria

On September 5, 16 staff from the ISC group, including 4 who Training of Trainers participants, took part in a 2h30 session on the GAM tool.  Participants included representatives from 8 clusters including Food, Education, Protection and Shelter. The orientation session included a hands-on orientation and a discussion of GAM results.

Launch of the GAM in Eastern Chad

40 humanitarians took part in a 4-hour orientation on the GAM tool in Abeche on 29 August.  Participants included representatives of cluster lead agencies, government, local and international NGOs; a further session is planned for Heads of Agencies, key programme and monitoring staff.   It was successful in spite of technical problems that highlighted the importance of tools and materials being available and fully functional in French.  (These issues have been since addressed!)  The HPC planning workshop in Abeche included a day on combined topics of PSEA, AAP and the GAM.

Whole of Syria

Syria_GAMA 3-day Gender with Age Marker Training of Trainers workshop was held in Beirut, Lebanon, July 31- August 2, attended by 35 participants from the Whole of Syria response.

ICCG received a briefing on the GAM in August, and several clusters have expressed interest in learning more.

An orientation on gender, SADD, gender analysis, accountability and the GAM was also held for the Syrian Humanitarian Women Network, including humanitarian workers, activists, civil society organizations and university students.  While some skepticism was expressed about tools, there was agreement that humanitarian actors must be accountable for ensuring the rights of affected people.

Lama Aljaradi


Untitled designSeven workshops on the Gender with Age Marker have been conducted in Yemen, for 148 humanitarians.  Participants in Sana’a and Aden included RCTs, Gender Network members, Sana’a University Gender and Development Research Center, UN, INGOs, NGOs and Funding Unit staff and cluster representatives.  Many have already started using the tool in their project design.  Further trainings are planned.

Read the Yemen GAM Country Action Plan.

Sarah Ahmed


ChadGAM workshops in Chad are underway as part of the HPC planning process.  Read the Chad action plan (French) for more information.

Rachelle Elien


BangladeshBangladesh is launching the GAM with the start of the HRP process in August.

Simon Opolot
Sharmin Akter


Ukraine is starting the HPC process with GAM training for up to 100 participants in three field locations, led by the OCHA Gender Focal Points.

Yuliya Pyrig
Olena Tur

Country level GAM trainings have also been conducted in Philippines, Pakistan (remotely), Congo, Bangladesh, DRC, Cameroon, Uganda, Nigeria, and Liberia.

On July 19th, the first regional Gender in Humanitarian Action training was held for 22 UN Women staff in West and Central Africa. Christine Mougne, Senior Gender Advisor deployed in Congo, joined the GiHa training remotely to lead a session on the Gender with Age Marker.


The Humanitarian Coordination Team in Nigeria endorse the Gender with Age Marker, 27 June 2018

After setting up the gender technical team and doing the orientation of the Gender with age Marker, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund manager committed to using the Gender With Age Marker as mandatory for their funding allocations.
Having put together a Strategic Guidance Note, GenCaps presented to the HCT how they can commit to ensuring that gender is fully integrated into the HRP and recommended that they adopt the new Gender with age Marker and identify the mechanism for its roll out with the assistance of GenCap.
The HCT expressed their appreciation of the strategic guidance note, which they described as clear and straightforward and fully endorsed the whole strategy,  including the adoption of the Gender with Age Marker and the development of an accountability framework.

The IASC Gender with Age Marker launched to monitor humanitarian action, 21 June 2018

On 21st June, the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender with Age Marker was launched at the ECOSOC high-level event “A Collective Effort to Leave No One Behind: Strengthening Gender Equality Programming in Humanitarian Action”. The event included European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), UN Women, OCHA, The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), the Permanent Mission of United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, GenCap and Keep Project Liberia.

Now more than ever, it is critical to ensure that humanitarian projects, programming and assistance are gender responsive. Globally, more than 130 million people are affected by humanitarian crises and need lifesaving assistance. While conflict remains the main driver of humanitarian needs, natural disasters also exact a massive toll on people’s lives, dignity and well-being.

Significant progress has been made in mainstreaming gender in humanitarian action, enhancing the humanitarian community’s ability to address needs, risks and vulnerabilities of women, girls, men and boys. However, challenges remain in systematically integrating gender in all stages of humanitarian response.

“In some corners of humanitarian response, gender equality programming is still considered an extra, or even a burden” said Assistant Secretary-General, Ursula Mueller at the event “Gender inequality in humanitarian action—whether in service provision, protection, decision-making or any other area—is not an option”.

The IASC Gender with Age Marker was created in response to this and other issues prioritized in humanitarian forums over the past three years. The GAM looks at the extent to which essential programming actions address gender- and age-related differences in both the design and implementation of humanitarian programs. It also assesses program relevance and coherence, important commitments of the WHS and Grand Bargain. “For the first time, we have a tool that provides an automatic and objective calculation of the quality of humanitarian programming. It is very much a prototype in what it measures, and in the simple guidance it provides” explained Deborah Clifton, IASC Senior Gender Adviser.

The Gender with Age Marker was piloted for three years in 10 countries to very positive response, prior to its global roll out for the 2019 humanitarian planning cycle.  It will also be available in French, Spanish, and English.

The IASC Gender with Age Marker is being rolled-out successfully in various countries, 4 April 2018

Following its endorsement on March 9, 2018, the IASC Gender with Age Marker (GAM) has started its roll-out in various locations.
The GAM Leader workshop, a three days training of Gender Advisor accompanied by counterparts from six countries, was first organized in Nairobi, Kenya. The 25 participants learned how to use confidently the tool to become themselves Ambassadors of the GAM in each country.

Trainings were given to Gender Focal Points and Clusters leads in Maroua, Cameroon. Participants had an in-depth explanation of the GAM and were encouraged to use the tool until they become confident with it. A second part of the session was dedicated to share thoughts about the promotion and advocacy around the GAM.

“Participants were satisfied to learn how to use a tool that integrates gender, age, diversity and makes sure that no one is left behind” said Nicoletta Ngambi, Gender and Humanitarian Expert at UN Women, who took part herself to the GAM Leader training in Nairobi, from 26 February to 2nd March.
At the end of March, Gender experts, such as Nicoletta, trained other Gender focal points and Clusters Leads in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Participants were satisfied to learn how to use a tool that integrates gender, age, diversity and makes sure that no one is left behind


In Yemen, 115 participants from INGOs, UN Humanitarian Pooled Fund partners, and sub-national coordinators beneficiated from a Gender with Age Marker training.

“Participants showed so much receptiveness and enthusiasm” explains Sara Ahmed, Gender Advisor at UNOCHA Yemen. “They viewed the GAM as an effective tool for designing projects and programs and their perspective changed on having gender as a donor requirement”.

In the Philippines, Senior Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Advisor, Indai Sajor, concluded a Gender with Age Marker session in Manila organized by OCHA Philippines on April 26. The session was opened by OCHA Country Director Mark Bidder.Thirty two (32) participants from GIHA CoP, Information Management Working Group, Humanitarian Communications Group, Community Engagement CoP, Cash Working Group, Women in Emergencies Network and the Red Cross and Red Crescent, ICCG leads attended the session.


The IASC Gender with Age Marker looks at the extent to which essential programming actions address gender- and age-related differences in humanitarian response.   It was developed in response to requests to strengthen the original IASC Gender Marker by including age and, most significantly, by adding a monitoring component. In addition to providing an expanded tool to measure programme effectiveness, it is a valuable teaching and self-monitoring tool, allowing agencies and partners to learn by doing in the process of enhancing effective programming that is responsive to all aspects of diversity.

More information on the Gender with Age Marker