Gender with Age Marker (GAM) results SHOULD NOT be methodically reviewed during the project vetting process. It is NOT POSSIBLE to review the entire GAM for each project! The GAM helps and guides users on how to do better programming: it is not a test. Only the Results Page of the GAM is submitted with the proposal: you will see only the codes for 4 Key GEMs and the overall Project GAM Code.
Recommended procedure: to check if the GAM appears to be used correctly, clusters should prioritize only ONE or TWO GEMS, and occasionally SPOT CHECK when reading proposals. This spot-checking is a normal part of the review carried out by the review team members: it is not delegated to gender focal points or advisors.
Example: If a project has a Code 3 for GEM G (Influence on project), they are saying that both women and men will participate in and influence how the project is designed or delivered. Is this consistent with what you read in the document? Can you clearly see how different gender groups will be engaged? If it is not clear, and the GEM code is not consistent with what you are reading in the document, you may want to ask the project holder to clarify this.
Example: If a project has a Code 4 for GEM D (Tailored Activities), it means they have different activities depending on GENDER and also for different AGE groups. Quickly skim through the project to see if there are different activities for different groups.
Example: If a project has a Code 0, 1 or 2 for GEM A (Analysis), it means they do NOT discuss differences between men and women, or boys and girls, in their context analysis. If this is true, you might want to suggest they include a gender analysis and talk about the situation/priorities for men compared to the situation/concerns for women, so they will be able to design a better project!
Mainstreamed or Targeted? The project GAM code also includes (M) or (T) to indicate whether gender is mainstreamed, or whether the project is a “targeted action” to address discrimination.
Most (>97%) humanitarian projects mainstream gender equality. Check targeted projects (T) to make sure it is clear which disadvantaged group is being supported to achieve or ensure equality.