The Beyond Consultations tool is designed to support actors to move towards more meaningful engagement with women in fragile and conflict-affected states, in response to feedback that many consultation exercises tend to be extractive, tokenistic and disempowering. The tool was developed and verified using a rigorous process involving women and women’s organisations in fragile and conflict-affected states, national governments, international non-governmental organisations and multilateral agencies.
The tool enables a self-assessment of current consultation practices and provides a best practice framework to ensure that women and women’s organisations are fully engaged in decision-making processes. It should be used as early as possible during the planning and design phase of engagement, and regularly revisited throughout the participation activity and its evaluation
The Beyond Consultations tool was developed in partnership with GAPS member organisations Women for Women International UK, Amnesty International UK, Saferworld and Womankind Worldwide. It can be downloaded via the Beyond Consultations website: www.beyondconsultations.org.