Gender Transformative Change CGIAR AAS CRP

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Introductory discussion on gender transformative change, made to funders by the CRP on Aquatic Agricultural Systems

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  • Need for a paradigm shift in agricultural practice – to reflect gender and development conceptual advances on the ground, and achieve lasting improvements in wellbeing for all How to drive this agenda within the CG system? How to make gender transformative research a day to day reality, a part of standard practice within the system and beyond? Key questions to answer in making gender transformative research a reality MORE GTR Qs What types of coalitions drive community level change in gender norms? What strategies are effective in mobilizing & sustaining diverse groups? What communications and media-based strategies are effective in changing gender norms and attitudes? Do they work best independently or coupled with economic incentives – improved access to technologies, resources, etc? How do gender-responsive approaches to the design and dissemination of new technologies improve adoption rates and associated AAS outcomes for women and men, their families and technology distributors/developers? How does gender inequality influence risk assessments, experiences and responses? How do these differential effects influence AAS resilience?
  • GTR= gender transformative research GAD: gender and development No quick answers or silver bullet solutions – a learning process…
  • Gender Transformative Change CGIAR AAS CRP

    1. 1. A Place for Gender Transformative Research in the CGIAR Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    2. 2. Transformative Change “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think and act anew” Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    3. 3. Transformative change “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert EinsteinMaking a difference in the lives of the poor
    4. 4. CGIAR reformProfound challenge - Success needs innovation and paradigm shifts Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    5. 5. Recognizing complexityMaking a difference in the lives of the poor
    6. 6. Recognizing complexity CGIARpre-reform CRP 1s CRP 3s Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    7. 7. CRPs and Gender Transformative Research• Integrate social complexity = Innovative approaches to Gender• Gender transformative research = understand and respond to the social causes of the visible symptoms of gender inequality in the systems where we work Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    8. 8. Some key GTR questions • Does combining technical innovation with interventions to change gender inequality deliver better outcomes than technical innovation alone? • What is the best way to monitor this type of transformative change – at community and household levels? • What drives policy to support the changes in gender equity we need for combined impact? • What are the tipping points and the key success factors?Half the Sky (Kristof and WuDunn, 2009) Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    9. 9. Making GTR a reality – culture and capacities• How can we encourage organizational cultures where transformative practice is “our way of working”?• What capacities are critical to achieving gender transformative outcomes in programs? How do we build them?• What partnerships maximize synergies and spark innovation to achieve gender transformative outcomes in agricultural research? Half the Sky (Kristof and WuDunn, 2009) Making a difference in the lives of the poor
    10. 10. Moving the agenda forward• October 2012 GTR workshop (Penang)• Engage with these questions and set a GTR agenda (AAS – CGIAR) focused on: • Appropriate methods and tools • Operationalizing GAD concepts in practice • Defining success indicators • Facilitating organizational change processes • Developing new ways to build gender capacities and change mind sets • Identifying ‘unusual’ partners, e.g. media groups, behavior change communications firms• January 2013 “Dialogue on Reimagining Agricultural Research in Development” Making a difference in the lives of the poor

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