The socio-economic analysis used as the basis for Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes can be complemented with a SWOT analysis stating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats pertaining to specific areas of intervention and thematic objectives.
In order to be coherent, the SWOT analysis must also utilise a gender perspective. All too often, the gender gaps identified in the socio-economic analysis are not taken into account in the SWOT analysis, and the gender issues that need to be addressed get lost. The previous analysis will determine what gender aspects to be addressed in the SWOT.
The SWOT analysis provides key inputs to setting the programme objectives.