Highlighting the Invisibility of Unpaid Care was a three year project, part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme at IDS, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The project explored why unpaid care work is merited little attention in development policy and programming. It took an action learning approach to engaging policy actors on unpaid care, tracking the effects, successes and failures of our policy influencing activities.
Researchers sought out opportunities to introduce the significance of unpaid care into global development organisations' policy statements and programme documentation (e.g. the DAC Guidance on Women's Economic Empowerment, the World Bank's Millennium Development Goal report, bilateral agency evaluation tools).
As part of this project, IDS built relations with international (UN Women, Action Aid International, Oxfam GB) and national (Centre for Gender and Social Transformation at BRAC University, Bangladesh and SMERU, Indonesia) partners.
The central aim of the Gender, Power and Sexuality programme was to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality.