In March 2022, CIDT concluded a one-year learning partnership, supporting staff of the Europe Laudes Foundation to integrate Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) into their work. As we reach the middle of year two, we reflect on: what distinguishes a learning partnership from a service provider relationship?
Under phase 1 of the partnership we collaboratively set an intention – a roadmap was developed with learning milestones, along a journey from GESI aware, to GESI sensitive, to GESI transformative thinking and programming.
There was substantial investment in careful diagnosis – setting a baseline to understand the priorities and needs of the Laudes staff, in relation to GESI knowledge, attitudes and practices. A series of actions then emerged including a glossary, case studies, online modules and podcasts – all grounded in deep reflection and evolution with the Foundation teams.
What helped to progress the learning?
- An incremental approach
- The interest and enthusiasm of Laudes Foundation staff, which led to deep engagement
- Grounding GESI in the specific context of Laudes Foundation organisation and culture
- Striving for an organisation-wide approach, which is nuanced to reflect regional and contexts
Above all, we recognised that it takes time to establish a strong learning partnership – one that is based on trust and challenge – and that the role of the learning partner is more open, exploratory, iterative and fluid than that of a service provider.
Our focal areas for phase 2 of the learning partnership include:
- Practical representation of GESI in the grant cycle
- Continuing and amplifying the conversation GESI in the context of climate change
- GESI-responsive organisational procedures
Laudes Foundation is at the forefront of a ‘just transition‘ – a recognition that the dual crises of climate change and inequality are deeply linked, and that this requires an ambitious, global response. CIDT is working closely with two teams focused on the Built Environment and Finance and Capital Market Transformation.
Launched in 2020, Laudes Foundation builds on the work of C&A Foundation, founded by the Brenninkmeijer family.
CIDT consultants, Ella Haruna, Rufsana Begum and Canford Chiroro, were contracted to carry out a meta-analysis of external project evaluations relating to Plan UK programming over a two year period. The review aimed to draw out the learning from these evaluations, research reports and case studies to better understand and evidence the changes that are happening in the lives of adolescent girls as a result of Plan UK’s work.
The team reviewed 55 documents and carried out an initial mapping of the evidence available to select qualifying data for inclusion in the meta-analysis exercise, based on an criteria agreed with Plan UK. A rapid review of the evidence selected from 17 countries drew out key learning across different thematic areas of Plan UK’s work including Education, Protection, Economic Security and Sexual and Reproductive Rights; and an in-depth evidence review was conducted. Consultants successfully delivered two feedback workshop to Plan UK representatives in London, and delivered a 37 page learning report.
Independent Qualitative Research Study of Camfed’s Girls Education Challenge Step Change Window Project in Tanzania and Zimbabwe
In September to October 2016, four CIDT consultants, Mary Surridge, Lilla Oliver, Sarah Thomas and Rufsana and two external consultants in Zimbabwe and Tanzania were contracted to undertake a qualitative study of Camfed’s Girls’ Education Challenge Step Change Window (GEC SCW) project in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, in order to contribute to, and complement the quantitative end line survey and better understand which elements of the project are working (or not), how and why.
Camfed’s GEC SCW project targets marginalised girls in rural communities of Zimbabwe and Tanzania with an aim of increasing girls’ retention through a full cycle of early secondary education and improving their opportunities to learn. The project interventions are targeted in 24 districts in Zimbabwe and 11 in Tanzania, in 991 secondary schools, and include:
- Providing financial support to meet girls’ material needs, combined with targeted local initiatives to tackle obstacles to girls’ retention and ensure a supportive educational environment.
- Developing and distributing low-cost, self-directed study guides in core curriculum subjects to support academic learning as well as a broader life skills curriculum.
- Enabling young women on leaving school to play a role as Learner Guides, supporting children in their local schools while gaining status and opportunities.
- Reinforcing existing local government and community structures to respond to the needs of marginalised girls, safeguard their rights and entitlements and reinforce children protection, and ultimately to influence policy.
- Pioneering use of mobile technology to capture real-time data about girls, their schools and communities, and to open up opportunities for networking and access to educational resources.
- Engaging with national education partners to develop and review the approach under the GEC, and to identify opportunities for key lessons and practices to be adopted more widely.
The consultants travelled to various districts including, Gokwe, Umguza, Kibaha and Harare in Zimbabwe and Rufiji, Morogoro, Handeni and Pangani in Tanzania to conduct their evaluation. They met with a broad range of in-country actors and stakeholders, including schools, headteachers, teachers, District Operations Secretariats/District Coordinators, Community Development Committees, School Development Committees (Zimbabwe only), Ministry of Education District Education Officers, local officials, community groups, male and female students and young girls involved in the project.
Following the country visit, the consultants successfully delivered a validation workshop in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, with stakeholders, including CAMFED representatives presenting the preliminary findings and will merge both country findings to deliver a final research report.
CIDT facilitates workshops on Managing For Development Results (MfDR) in the areas of Gender and Youth in Africa10 October 20162678 Views
As part of its Africa for Results Initiative (AfriK4R), the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR) – which is chaired by the African Development Bank (AfDB)* – recently held two workshops to provide participants with practical MfDR tools and strategies for developing a results culture in their groups and communities. These were:
- The Gender for Results (G4R) Knowledge and Training Event held on August 24-26, 2016 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
- The Youth for Results (Y4R) Knowledge and Training Event held on August 31-Sept. 2, 2016 in Dakar, Senegal
The overall goal the workshops was to inform, dialogue with and empower African gender leaders, by enhancing their abilities and roles as change agents to help trigger and accelerate Africa’s transformation. The specific objectives were to:
- Train the G4R Thematic Group on MfDR in the context of Gender; and train the Y4R Thematic Group on MfDR in the context of Youth
- Foster discussions on achieving results within the AfriK4R, including discussions on the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (for the G4R group) and on the role of youth in the Agenda 2063 and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Offer networking opportunities among members and with donors and/or development organisation representatives, involving exchange/sharing of best practices and success inspiration
- Agree upon the content and the implementation of the G4R and Y4R Action Plans
CIDT’s Mary Surridge and Kimberly Kane prepared the materials for the sessions on Gender, Youth and MfDR. Participant manuals on Gender for Results (G4R) and Youth for Results (Y4R) were produced in both English and French, along with case studies and sector-specific examples for the application of MfDR tools such as problem analysis, stakeholder analysis, options analysis, risk management, and LogFrames.
These materials were well appreciated by the client, having attested that: “These Manuals proved to be very useful for the understanding by the AfCoP G4R and Y4R groups. Their tailoring enabled each group to gain a specific case study in their field and this approach resonated with their concerns, issues and needs.”
CIDT’s Mary Surridge facilitated the two workshops. Participants came from more than 25 different countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Western African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) regions. A total of 36 women leaders and approximately 11 AfDB/AfCoP personnel attended the G4R event; and 40 youth leaders and 8 AfDB/AfCoP personnel participated in the Y4R event.
Both workshops were extremely well received. They were highly participatory, with the delegates practicing the use of each of the MfDR tools. The quality of the discussion generated was high and the activities provided opportunities for debate and dialogue about the key issues facing initiatives to increase gender equality and the empowerment of female and male youth.
“We appreciated the diligence of CIDT and its professionalism from inception, preparation to reporting. The AfCoP Secretariat, hosted by the African Development Bank, would therefore highly recommend CIDT to other organizations,” said Dr. Julie Ladel, Chair of AfCoP.
* Note: AfDB, in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), provides support to AfCoP members to strengthen development processes in countries and regional economic communities. It partners with COMESA and WAEMU to accelerate regional policy implementation through MfDR tools and principles.
In October to November 2015, a gender appraisal was conducted by two CIDT consultants Mary Surridge and Rufsana Begum, in four case study countries to assist Plantwise to operationalize its Gender Strategy and better embed gender and diversity in the Programme. A follow-up workshop was held with all CABI Country Coordinators and other CABI staff at the Annual Planning in Switzerland.
Plantwise (PW) is a global programme, led by CABI, to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses. Sustainable networks of local plant clinics provide farmers with practical plant health advice, reinforced by the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, an online gateway to plant health information. Working in close partnership with relevant actors (mainly government extension workers), PW strengthens national plant health systems from within, enabling countries to provide farmers with the knowledge they need to lose less and feed more. Currently, Plantwise works in 34 countries.
As a result of the gender appraisal, Mary and Rufsana were contracted again to further enhance the capability of Plantwise to embed gender and diversity in its programme by building on the findings and recommendations from the gender appraisal. This included: the development of a Gender Resource Pack for all country staff to improve the extent to which they embed gender within their programmes and providing targeted suggestions for amendments to Plant Doctor Training modules to ensure that gender and social inclusion are embedded at appropriate points in the modules.
CIDT consultants Mary Surridge and Rufsana Begum were contracted along with two regional consultants to conduct an Endline evaluation for CAMFED’s Supporting Young Women to Lead Change in Rural Malawi project.
Camfed has been implementing a three year project support by a grant of final evaluation of $1.7m from the Human Dignity Foundation. The project was aimed at supporting young rural women to lead change through support to the development and structure of the Camfed Association (CAMA), the alumnae network of educated young women who have completed school with Camfed’s support, in Malawi.
The project supported young women who had graduated school. They were given an opportunity to join an alumnae network which provided them with an opportunity to peer support, training and financial resources. The selected young women received training as Core Trainers. These young women then passed on the knowledge to other young women. Alumnae support more vulnerable children through school, multiplying the benefits of their education. As role models and mentors they deliver health, wellbeing and financial literacy programmes, share sustainable agricultural practices and business skills, and sit on local and elected committees, changing the prospects for marginalized people in their communities. The trainings included financial literacy, ICT, health, business and entrepreneurship skills. Acquired skills and seed money enabled them to setup rural businesses.
The consultants travelled to various districts in Malawi including Blantyre Lilongwe, Mangochi and Mchinji to conduct their evaluation. They met with a broad range of in country actors and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, community groups, traditional leaders, school based committees and young women involved in the project.
Following the country visit, the consultants successfully delivered a feedback workshop to CAMFED representatives in Blantyre, presenting the preliminary findings and have delivered a 50 page endline evaluation report.