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About the playlist

This learning playlist aims to provide UNICEF staff, implementing partners and consultants with tools and examples to incorporate a gender lens at each stage of the WASH programme cycle (including in humanitarian emergencies) using a results-based management approach. A results-based management approach has three stages. This learning playlist has an introductory course plus one course per phase: strategic planning (situation analysis and program design), implementation and monitoring & evaluation (M&E).

The playlist directly supports staff and partners in ensuring that gender analysis is carried out at the WASH cluster level and/or funding a partner to conduct one; identifying/ranking a substantive gender analysis within a proposal and the key elements and applications.

Learning objectives

By the end of this playlist, you will be able to: 

  • Describe why gender equality matters in WASH
  • Use a gender analysis framework to identify gender-related WASH barriers and bottlenecks
  • Collect different types of data (quantitative and qualitative) to uncover gender disparities
  • Implement gender-responsive WASH programmes
  • Explain how intersectionality works in practice
  • Monitor and evaluate WASH programmes with SMART indicators


  • All WASH staff, primarily those at specialist/manager level, from UNICEF and implementing partner organizations. 
  • UNICEF staff
  • UNICEF consultants
  • Partners


This playlist is composed of four courses. The courses are about 30 minutes in length. The total duration of the playlist (4 courses) is estimated to take between 1 and 2 hours depending on your previous knowledge and your level of engagement.


Courses are presented as a set of 'micro-learning' modules. Modules feature key resources for WASH professionals delivered via interactive lessons and learning activities, videos, readings and more. Learners who complete the playlist in its entirety will earn a digital badge. (Please note: Badges are earned through participation. Certificates are not awarded for completion as there is no formal assessment of learning in these courses).

Accessibility note: 

  • Videos have closed-captioning and/or a text-based transcript. Click the three vertical buttons in the lower right hand corner of the video player to turn captions on or off.

Usability notes: 

  • You will encounter an interactive documentation tool used in sections across this course. You will be able to export the text responses you input into this tool using the document export page. Note that you do not have to submit your responses to the system. 
  • If a given page appears to be slow-loading, please reload the page by clicking the 'refresh icon'   located near your web browser's navigation bar. 


Gender-Responsive Programming on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Playlist

Course 1: Gender Equality in WASH Programming 

Course 2: Gender Analysis in WASH 

Course 3: Gender in Implementation  

Course 4: Gender in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)