Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How do users access and register their GAM?

Q:  Is use of the GAM mandatory for both project design and project monitoring?

Q:  Our organization already has its own gender marker.  Do we have to use it AND the IASC GAM?

Q:  How will the GAM be integrated into OCHA systems like OPS and GMS?

Q:  Can a GAM code be entered in OPS, without the GAM form having been completed?

Q:  Who provides feedback to implementing agency(ies) to improve programming and strategies?

Q:  Are some GEMs more relevant to some sectors than others?

Q:  How many times should the monitoring phase of the GAM be applied, and by whom?

Q:  If a project is already underway, can you start using the GAM at the monitoring phase?

Q:  Can users get a report of the project information they submitted to the GAM?

Q:  Who has access to GAM data and reports?

Q:  What assurance is there that GAM monitoring results are used to improve gender equality programming in the proposed project? Who monitors compliance?

Q: If partners are applying the GAM online, how do oversight (funding) partners, sector coordinators and OCHA ensure quality control?

Q:  How much extra work will applying the GAM cause for project teams (designers and monitors?)

Q:   Why are the GAM age groups ambiguous, instead of referring to specific ages, e.g. 0-5?

Q:  The GAM is subjective. Won’t it generate different answers according to the rigor and the comprehension of the examiners?

Q:  When one activity does not comply with a GEM, or when one GEM is not present, how should we rate the project?

Q:  The GAM requests a Project Name and Project ID Number.  What should be entered here?

Q:   Are all projects expected to address gender-based violence?

Q:  Is it acceptable to provide gender breakdown in percentages for sex- and age-disaggregated data (rather than specific numbers of beneficiaries) in the project proposal?

Q:   Won’t mainstreaming gender incur additional costs and time?

Q:   Will correcting unintended effects add to the cost of our projects?