Publications & Consultancy Reports


Final evaluation of Active Ageing Index for UN Economic Commission for Europe UNECE / European Commission, (Oct 2019)

TOPIC GUIDE: Women’s Empowerment in a changing Agricultural and Rural Context Prepared through the Evidence on Demand information hub (for DFID). January 2015 [LINK]

“Sourcing examples of policy and programming practice for empowering women in a rural context” Report prepared for the Evidence on Demand DFID service. December 2013  [LINK]

Climate Change Reports/ Publications

Colgan, J., McDougall, C., Murray, U., Spillane, C., McKeown, P. and Hossain, M., 2019. Can climate-smart aquaculture enable women’s empowerment in rural Bangladesh?

Gender Analysis and Nationally Determined contributions (NDCs): Short Guidance for Government Stakeholders Short guidance for government stakeholders on how to conduct a gender analysis for the NDC process. Una Murray 2019.

Gender and NDCs: Country Progress and Key Findings This report presents country progress and key findings on gender and NDCs, collected around the Global Gender Workshop on NDC planning April 2019.

Climate Smart Agriculture in Malawi (2019) Jamleck Osiemo (CIAT) and Decolius Kalumo (National University of Ireland Galway). Editor along with Mayzelle, M., Spillane, C., McKeown P., Lizarazo, M., and Osiemo, J.

Born, L. Spillane, C.  & Murray, U.  (2018) Integrating gender into index-based agricultural insurance: a focus on South Africa, Development in Practice, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1556608

Colm Duffy, Una Murray, Andreea Nowak, Evan Girvetz, Caitlin Corner-Dolloff, Jennifer Twyman, Sophia Huyer, Charles Spillane (2017) National level indicators for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) activities for poverty reduction, food security and gender equality. CCAFS WORKING PAPER CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Murray U, Gebremedhin Z, Brychkova G and Spillane C (2016) Smallholder farmers and climate smart agriculture: Technology and labour-productivity constraints amongst women smallholders in Malawi. Gender, Technology and Development 20 (2).

Child Labour publications and consultancy reports:

Mid-term Evaluation Enhanced National Capacity to Prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Vietnam (ENHANCE) USA funded through ILO (May 2018). Focus on agriculture, value chains & handicrafts.

Murray, U. (2013). “Rural Child Labour: Views of Extension Agents in Ethiopia.” The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 19(5): 505-519. [LINK]

Murray, U. (2013) ‘Child Labour – A complex problem requiring joined up responses’. Chapter in: Early Childhoods in the Global South: Local and international context (O’Riordan, J & Martin, S. Eds) Peter Lang Publishing

E-learning White Paper on child labour in agriculture. Curriculum outline for e-learning also developed under this consultancy FAO (2013)

FAO, IFAD & ILO (2010) Gender and rural employment policy Brief no.7. Breaking the rural poverty cycle: Getting girls and boys out of work and into school. Una Murray, Paola Termine and Jacqueline Demeranville [PDF]

Murray, U. (2010) Child Labour Prevention in Agriculture Junior Farmer Field and Life School – Facilitator’s guide. FAO:Rome. [PDF]

ILO-IPEC (2009) Murray, U. & Quinn, P. “Give Girls a Chance” A report prepared for World Day Against Child Labour 12th June 2009. International Labour Organization (ILO) [PDF]

Murray, U. & Hurst P. (2009) Mainstreaming responses for improvement of the situation of the girl child in agriculture. Paper presented at the FAO-IFAD- ILO International Workshop on Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agriculture and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty. Rome, 31 March 2-April 2009. [PDF]

Sherin Khan & Una Murray (2007) Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms. Sharing experiences. Paper No. 3. ILO/IPEC Programme to Combat Hazardous and Exploitative Child Labour in Cocoa/Commercial Agriculture (WACAP). ILO: Geneva. Pp 55 International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva 2007. ISBN 978-92-2-119735-5 [PDF]

Murray, U. (2007) Child labour monitoring – A partnership of communities and government. Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms. Paper No. 4. ILO/IPEC Programme to Combat Hazardous and Exploitative Child Labour in Cocoa/Commercial Agriculture (WACAP). ILO: Geneva. Pp 43 Child Labour Programme (IPEC) International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva 2007. ISBN 978-92-2-119737-9 [PDF]

Murray, U. (2004) Girl child labour in agriculture, domestic work and sexual exploitation: a comparative analysis. The Cases of Ghana, Ecuador, the Philippines. Girl Child Labour Studies Volume 2, ILO: Geneva. Pp173. Child Labour Programme (IPEC) International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva 2004 ISBN 92-2-115292-8 [PDF]

U. Murray, A. Amorim, S. Badrinath (2005) Gender Equality and Child Labour: A Participatory Tool for Facilitators. International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), ILO: Geneva, pp 67. Child Labour Programme (IPEC) International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva 2005. ISBN 92-2-116678-3 [PDF]

Murray, U. (2003) Gender mainstreaming in actions against child labour: Good practices. ILO: Geneva, Pp 123. Child Labour Programme (IPEC) International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva 2003. ISBN 92-2-113586-1 Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian [PDF]

Writer, editor and compiler of the following ILO publications on the Girl Child:

  • ILO (2004) Girl child labour in agriculture, domestic work and sexual exploitation: Rapid assessments on the cases of the Philippines, Ghana and Ecuador – Volume 1 [PDF]
  • ILO (2004) Global child labour data review: a gender perspective – Volume 3 ISBN 92-2-115295-2XXX [PDF]
  • ILO (2004) A selected annotated bibliography on girl child labour: a gender perspective – Volume 4 [PDF]

Final evaluations reports

Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families (GAP-MDW Project). Migration corridors: (1) Nepal-Lebanon; (2) Zimbabwe-Lesotho-South Africa; (3) Paraguay-Argentina; (4) Indonesia-Malaysia; and (5) Ukraine-Poland.

ILO: Evaluation ILO Corporate Action Plan for Gender Equality 2010-2015 [LINK]

Final Evaluation 5 country Domestic Workers programme (Sida funded) Making decent work a reality for domestic workers (ILO), Zambia, Tanzania, the Philippines, India & Paraguay (March 2014 –July 2014) [LINK]

Review of Irish Aid’s support to Mama Cash (May – July 2013)

Review of Irish Aid’s support to the Intern-Parliamentary Union (May – July 2013)

Italian funded policy support project on child labour (Ethiopia, Cameroon & DRC)  (June-Sept 2011)

SIDA funded Gender Mainstreaming Project, ILO Geneva (Nov-Dec 2011)

Evaluation of Gender mainstreaming in DFID/ILO Partnership Framework Agreement (2009) [LINK]

EC Funded Programme 2003-2006 “NGO Co-financing – Operations to Raise Public Awareness of Development Issues.”  (Budget Line B7-6000) Project Title:  “Improving Food Security Through Trade Agreements (Jan–March 2007)

Strategy evaluation: Performance and progress in gender mainstreaming through the ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality 2008-09  ISBN 978-92-2-120986-7 (print) ISSN 978-92-2-120987-4 [PDF]

Sala Tsegai, M. & Murray, U. Gender Baseline Study for Finnish Development Cooperation. Evaluation Report 2005:4  ISBN:951-724-521-1, ISSN:1235-7618   [PDF]

Mid-term evaluations:

ILO Project Mid-term review: Global Research on Child Labor Measurement & Policy Development (April – June 2016)

Better Work Vietnam: Mid-term evaluation of ILO Better Work Programme, Vietnam [LINK]

US funded International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (April– May 2012)

Dutch funded Programme on combating child labour through education (Bolivia, Indonesia, Mali, Uganda) (June –July 2012)

FAO (1999) Corporate Progress Report on Gender Mainstreaming, Eighty-second Session of the FAO Programme Committee. FAO: Rome, 13-17 September 1999. [PDF]


Consultancy outputs for UN:

Gender Situation Report and Concrete Action Plan for the ILO Youth Entrepreneurship Facility, in order to better reach, serve and monitor work with young women in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda  2013

Briefing notes prepared for Prepared for International Training Centre Turin, Italy (ITCILO)  [LINK to BRIEFING NOTES]

  • Murray, U. (2006) Gender Briefing Note 1: An introduction to the use of gender indicators at policy, programme and project levels. [PDF]
  • Murray, U. (2006) Gender Briefing Note 2: Gender, employment and agricultural development programmes. [PDF]
  • Murray, U. (2006) Gender Briefing Note 3:Gender Budgeting. Mainstreaming gender perspectives into national budgets. [PDF]
  • Murray, U. (2006) Gender Briefing Note 4: Gender Issues in Public Health & Social Services Financing. [PDF]
  • Murray, U. (2006) Gender Briefing Note 5: Gender Issues in Migration and Trafficking of Human Beings [PDF]

Murray, U. & Colbert, P. (Oct 2008) for FAO “Sharing JFFLS experiences, challenges and innovations”. Case studies on the implementation of the JFFLS in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya [PDF]

Murray, U. (2008 unpublished but available at ILO) Gender and Skills Development: Practical experiences and ways forward. Prepared for the ILO Skills & Employability Department (SKILLS), ILO Geneva

FAO (2007) Scaling up HIV/AIDS Services for Populations of Humanitarian Concern. Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools Facilitator’s Manual. Module on Entrepreneurship and Business Skills [PDF]


Gender Mainstreaming Manuals, Publications & Consultancy Reports

European Commission (with Jane Hailé) (2005) Toolkit on mainstreaming gender equality in EC development cooperation and Handbook on Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Development Cooperation [LINK to TOOLKIT]

Intl. Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2003) Principal Consultant and writer for “A Training Pack on Gender Issues” with Case Studies.  Available on CD ROM.  Pp 400.  IFCR, Geneva [LINK TO TRAINING PACK]

Kienzle, J. Murray, U (2001) Retooling: Gender Dimensions of Agricultural  Production Technology. Chapter 9 in: ‘Women Farmers, Enhancing Rights, Recognition and Productivity’ Eds Webb, P. Weinberger, K.  Development economics and policy; Vol 23 Peter Lang GmbH

Murray, U. (2000) ILO Gender Capacity Building Report, ILO, Geneva Pp 208

Murray, U. Flores, X. (1999) Socioeconomic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA) Training Manual, FAO, Rome. Pp 200

Hailé J. & Murray U. (May 2004) EU Policy on Gender Equality in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid.  Paper prepared for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and presented at the EU Presidency Conference, New Horizons for Gender Equality 6th May 2004

Murray, U. (1997) The Socioeconomic and Gender Analysis Programme: An Overview. In: Reader for TOOL Consult Conference on “Technology and Development: Strategies for the Integration of Gender”  TOOL Consult, Amsterdam, June 1997

FAO (1996) Plan of Action for Women in Development (1996-2001), draft illustrated version,  FAO: Rome, pp 40 and Compendium of FAO Divisional Programmes of Action for Women and Development. FAO: Rome, pp 192

ITCILO Prepared On-line Modules for Gender Mainstreaming course, and Gender and Employment issues.


Murray, U. & Boros A (2002) A Guide to Gender Sensitive Microfinance.  FAO, Socio-economic and Gender Analysis Programme, SDWW Rome Italy  [PDF]

Murray, U. (April 2005) “Promoting Gender-Sensitive Entrepreneurship via Microfinance Institutions”. Paper presented at International Women’s Day at FAO, 8thMarch 2005. SD Dimensions, FAO, Rome Italy.  4 languages English; Arabic; Spanish; and French. [LINK to PAPER]

FAO (2007) Microfinance, Gender and HIV/AIDS. 6 pp Briefing note. FAO, Rome (Italy) [PDF]

Sisto, I., Boros, A., & Murray, U.  (2002) A Guide to gender-sensitive microfinance. Paper prepared for the International Conference on “Women’s empowerment or feminisation of debt? Towards a new agenda in African microfinance” held in London, 21-22 March 2002[LINK TO ARTICLE]


Murray U., Sayasane K., Funge-Smith S. (1999) A synthesis of a socio-economic and gender analysis study of Aquaculture in Lao PDR. FAO, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Pp 41  [LINK TO STUDY]

Liepvisay N., Sayasane K. &  Murray U. (1998) Intra-household dynamics of food security in Lao PDR: An aquaculture case study.Paper presented at FAO Workshop on Food Security September 1998,  FAO Bangkok. Pp 13

Murray, U. & Sayasane, K. (1998), “Gender and aquaculture in LAO PDR”, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok (Thailand), FAO, Provincial Aquaculture Development, Lao, Field Document 2

Contributor for the following UNICEF publications:

  • UNICEF (1999) Working with Civil Society Organisation: A Handbook for UNICEF Staff. UNICEF: New York. pp 190
  • UNICEF (unpublished) Series of three booklets ‘Good practices in mainstreaming a gender perspective and special initiatives in the advancement of girls and women’

Contributions to UNICEF Staff Working Papers for the Programme Communication/Social Mobilisation Section

  • Communication for Empowerment Strengthening Partnerships for Community Health and Development, August 1999
  • Community Participation and Empowerment:  The millennium challenge for UNICEF and it’s partners, September 1999
  • Youth Participation: UNICEF’s Experience of Working with Young People An Analysis of Country and Regional Trends in Promoting Youth Participation in Programming, June 1999
  • Child Friendly Cities: A Framework for Analysis and Action Strategies to Realize the Convention on the Rights of the Child at a local level, October 1999

Contributions to other publications:

United Nations (2001) Facilitator’s Manual Competence Development Programme on Gender Mainstreaming UN Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)  in collaboration with Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) October 2001 [PDF]

Kebede Gutema, Kelemework Tafere, Una Murray (2011) Female Headed Farmers’ Participation in Agricultural Extension and in Agricultural Extension Packages, Lume, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia. Published on VDM publishers

FAO (2007) Getting Started! Running a Junior Farmer Field and Life School. (In particular Steps 8 & 9) [PDF]

University College Cork Rural Development Modules:

  • UCC (2006) Unit 2 Gender and Gender Mainstreaming for Development in Module 10: Social Development Policies FE5810 – UCC’s /Mekelle University Ethiopia MSc in Rural Development
  • Crowley, T., McCarthy, O. & Murray, U.  (2006) Unit 5 Gender and Microfinance in Module 6: Microfinance, FE5818 – – UCC’s /Mekelle University Ethiopia MSc in Rural Development

Other consultancy work:

Murray, U.  (2012) Farmer-centred Participatory Approaches for Research: A Resource Book. Prepared for Irish Aid, Ethiopia.

FAO (1996) Directory of Agricultural and Training Institutions in Central & Eastern Europe, FAO: Rome,pp 176.and Directory of Education and Training Institutions in Anglophone Africa, FAO: Rome, pp 260.

Oxfam Ireland (1995) Putting Women’s Health on the Map: A Briefing Kit, Oxfam Publishing; Dublin.