LWR is committed to ensuring that each person, every community, and all generations live in justice, dignity, and peace. Implicit in this vision is the commitment to guarantee that men, women, girls, and boys are given equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from LWR’s work.
LWR has a long history of engagement on gender initiatives. Most recently, LWR conducted an organization-wide Gender Audit concluding with a full report in August 2011. In the interest of continuing the organization’s commitment to gender equality and remaining at the forefront of international humanitarian organizations, LWR strives to further investigate what gender integration should look like in programming and how ongoing programs contribute to gender equality around the world.
LWR’s current projects with a specific focus on gender integration include:
- Reducing Gender Inequalities in Agriculture in Nicaragua
- Development, Support and Improvement of Agricultural Production in Zabré, Burkina Faso
- Promotion of Dry Cereal Production in the San interfleuve in Mali
- Women and Youth in Climate Change Oriented and Market-Focused Farming Enterprise in Kenya
Women and men farmers from similar projects took the photos in this photo book to explain how their lives changed in a recent series of gender integrated projects.
LWR is proud to have a strategic partnership with Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) for long-term technical advising on gender integration. CP is a women-owned small business working in four primary practice areas in international development: gender integration, monitoring and evaluation, agriculture and food security, and health. CP is a leader in addressing the disparities between men, women, girls, and boys that can impede project operations. The CP team applies excellent research and analytical skills to provide clients and partners with practical options for social change.
Learning for Gender Integration Initiative
In 2012, LWR launched the Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative to improve its capacity to implement gender-responsive projects. Supported by CP, Phases 1 and 2 of LGI included a review of several LWR proposals for innovating gender equality in food security programs, as well as an overall review of LWR’s gender-related programming in the field. Phase 3 consisted of a staff-wide training on gender integration. The current phase, phase 4, is designed to increase LWR’s programmatic gender capacity by assessing and improving each stage of the project management cycle with the goal of learning about and implementing best practices around gender integration, as well as providing tools that LWR can adopt for the future. For this phase, three projects have been chosen in Nicaragua, Uganda, and India.
Gender Integration Guidance Sheets
A series of eight Gender Integration Guidance (GIG) sheets supplement the in-tool gender integration guidance in LWR’s Monitoring and Evaluation tools, the DMEL Framework. These tools include specific guidance on how to apply gendered perspective at every stage in the project cycle.
- GIG Overview
- GIG Needs Assessment
- GIG Problem Analysis Objectives
- GIG Indicators
- GIG Implementing and Monitoring
- GIG Evaluation
- GIG Frequently Asked Questions
- GIG List of Relevant Gender Resources
LGI Pilot Projects
Three projects were implemented from 2013-2016 to help LWR test approaches to gender integrated agriculture programming in India, Uganda, and Nicaragua. These projects were funded by Foods Resource Bank, implemented through local partners and gave in-country LWR staff and project staff access to gender integration training and direct support from Cultural Practice technical advisors. Throughout the projects, staff encouraged women and men to share decision-making responsibilities related to agricultural tasks, household savings and spending, and community-level management.
To learn more about the results of these projects, please see the evaluation reports from each project and the PhotoBook that summarizes findings across the three countries.
In June of 2016, LWR won a Program Improvement Award from the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program. The TOPS Small Grants Program Improvement Award (PIA) is made possible by the generous support and contribution of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of the materials produced through the PIAs do not necessarily reflect the views of TOPS, USAID, or the U.S. Government.
This award funded a final evaluation of LGI’s three projects. Under the grant, CP designed and led a participatory evaluation integrating two qualitative methodologies, Most Significant Change and PhotoVoice, to capture changes in food security and gender inequalities. The evaluation teams were made up of CP, LWR, and other peer organization staff. CP worked with the evaluation teams to produce a facilitation guidance on the combined methodology, which includes a set of related slide decks.
- Most Significant Change Process (PowerPoint, for participants)
- Most Significant Change Technique (PowerPoint, for project evaluation)
- PhotoVoice PowerPoint (10.5 mb)
- PhotoVoice Photography Tips PowerPoint (8 mb)
Collaboration with peer organizations
In 2014, LWR won its first TOPS award to conduct a mid-term review of the three LGI pilot projects. With this award, LWR also collaborated with five other International Non-Governmental Organizations working in gender to learn from each organization’s journey to gender integrated programming. The Storybook that resulted showcases each organization’s experience.