Reality check

The gender dimensions of the impact of multinational companies’ operations in fragile and conflict-affected areas – Guidance for research


The aim of this paper is to explore some of the gender dimensions of multinational companies’ operations in fragile and conflict-affected areas by highlighting several issues across the extractive and agroindustry on a thematic level. Although the particular manifestations and conditions are highly dependent on the local context, the paper aims to give guidance and to facilitate a learning process for civil society organisations (CSOs) working towards better outcomes for local communities and workers impacted by the operations of multinational corporations (MNCs) in conflict-affected areas. By highlighting some gender dimensions and providing a set of questions for further field research, the paper will help CSOs to assess the activities of MNCs through a ‘gender lens’.