Gender is a cross cutting issue in all APMAS activities. APMAS's main objective is to 'enhance capacity of project managers to implement and effectively manage gender sensitive, pro poor rural development interventions'. APMAS will ensure that project managers and staff understand and have tools to mainstream gender and pro-poor management activities in project implementation (output 1.1). APMAS uses following two approaches to gender issues:
First, a gender analysis, which is done to ensure gender integration into training modules. Gender training is integrated into training curricula with specific modules on mainstreaming gender issues.
Secondly, women's active participation, APMAS promotes the active identification and involvement of women, ensuring participation in the training will equitably benefit women and men, contributing to a balanced cadre of managers. Gender targeting for training participation would highlight this priority.
APMAS-Gender is responsible for Gender Mainstreaming in APMAS. APMAS-Gender works with APMAS and service providers to produce gender sensitive training materials and conducting gender sensitive trainings. APMAS-Gender also promote knowledge exchange on gender.