The ILRI Gender Team: 2013-2014 highlights


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Presented by Kathy Colverson at the Livelihoods, Gender, Impact and Innovations Annual Retreat, Nairobi, 21 November 2013

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  • The ILRI Gender Team: 2013-2014 highlights

    1. 1. The Gender Team 2013-2014 Highlights Kathy Colverson Livelihoods, Gender, Impact and Innovations Annual Retreat, Nairobi, 21 November 2013
    2. 2. Gender Highlights- Administrative • 3 new gender staff hired for Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nicaragua • Gender Strategy for L&F research program approved by CG Consortium • Shared post-doc hired for gender and nutrition research • CG Gender Network agreed to standardize gender research methods • Gender research – a “top priority” for CG Consortium • Collaboration with Fulbright Scholar from University of South Florida
    3. 3. Consortium Learning Event: “Value For Money for Gender Research” • 150 participants in attendance – Consortium Fund Council, ILRI Board, DG’s, CRP directors, Senior Gender Scientists from all CG’s
    4. 4. What worked in USAID, WB, DFID • • • • • • Increased funding New senior positions All departments with gender advisors Influential champions in key places Measure progress Individuals’ accountability
    5. 5. What the CRPs are doing and planning to do • • • • • 10% of budget to gender Scale down if funds are short Gender and capacity development strategy Global comparative studies Big research informed from the ground
    6. 6. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future Gender Research in the Livestock and Fish research program Implementation Impact pathway The Consortium approved the program’s gender strategy in June 2013. The strategy has informed the program’s project development and activities and guided ILRI’s gender research Achievements to date: • Partners identified in 5 value chain countries • Training manual on gender analysis in agriculture developed • Capacity development of partners on gender analysis undertaken in 6 value chain countries • Gendered value chain analysis tools developed and tested, and partners trained • Publications prepared and presented at international conferences A= accommodating; T= transformative • Proposals/concept notes on gender transformative Vision approaches developed and submitted for funding • Appreciate gender research in its own right as a driver to achieve the CGIAR’s goal of enhancing marginal livelihoods • Recognize value of both effectiveness and equity rationales for gender research • Allocate appropriate budget for gender research and activities • Include gender-related qualitative and quantitative indicators in monitoring learning and evaluation frameworks • Participate fully in social science-bio-physical science interdisciplinary teams Implementation challenges Challenge: Limited staff capacity in gender analysis/research Response: Create gender capacity development strategy; Incorporate experiential learning methods into all training and research; Integrate gender staff in value chain countries Challenge: Gathering data on the links between gender norms and value chain development Response: Design, test and disseminate innovative tools on gender norms and value chain development Challenge: Scarcity of gender-specific funding opportunities Response: Collaborate with partners to proactively develop concept notes to engage donors and new funders Partnerships and Capacities • National Universities for shared expertise, to build local gender Pictures capacity, develop research projects, scale-up interventions • National and international NGOs for implementing culturally Key contacts appropriate transformative interventions, using research Kathleen Colverson : Paula Kantor: Alessandra Galie: evidence to inform policy and development action, developing research projects, scaling-up interventions This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non commercial – Share Alike 3.0 Unported License October 2013 Our Poster: Gender Research in the L&F CRP
    7. 7. Way Ahead • • • • • • • • Statistical power of evidence More social sciences Assign adequate budget Show impact Focus on policy Adaptive learning (heterogeneity, context, time) Understand empowering processes Accountability mechanisms
    8. 8. Capacity Development : 2013 Highlights • Value Chain partner trainings in Ethiopia, Uganda, Thailand, Philippines • Partner training on “Integrating Gender and Rights into Development Projects” • Gender Working Group meeting – training on gender tools, approaches for partners in Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda • Share Fair on research, tools, publications
    9. 9. Gender Working Group meeting- Addis Ababa •Blog posts:
    10. 10. Gender Publications • ‘Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture: A Trainer’s Manual’ Kathleen Colverson • ILRI research bulletin, “Integrating Gender into Rural Advisory Services”; Kathleen Colverson • ‘Women’s Participation in Livestock Markets’; Elizabeth Waithanji, Jemimah Njuki and Nabintu Bagalwa • ‘Women, Livestock Markets and Income Management’; Jemimah Njuki, Samuel Mburu and Paula Pimente • ‘Women, livestock ownership and food security’; Kariuki J, Njuki J, Mburu S, Waithanji E. • ‘Gender, livestock and asset ownership’; Njuki J, Mburu S. • Gender and livestock: Issues, challenges and opportunities’; Njuki J, Sanginga P. • ‘Gender, Assets, and Agricultural Development Programs: A Conceptual Framework’; Meinzen-Dick R, Johnson N, Quisumbing A, Njuki J, Behrman J, Rubin D, PetermanA, Waithanji
    11. 11. Progress on L&F Gender Strategy •L&F value chain toolkit with gendered questions created, shared with partners •M & E gender indicators for IDOs and strategy outputs drafted, shared with partners •Proposals on Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA’s) developed & submitted to World Bank & IDRC
    12. 12. Progress on L&F Gender Strategy •Tools developed, shared with partners on incorporating GTAs •Gendered intra-household research on animal source food consumption patterns started •Gender integrated in ILRI project proposals •Assessment of EADD’s hubs approach in Kenya to distil good practices for East Africa
    13. 13. Looking Forward - 2014 • Gender partnership landscaping study in selected value chain countries • Develop and test a protocol for selecting gendered “best bets” in value chain countries • Develop and integrate gendered indicators into the Livestock and Fish Impact Framework
    14. 14. Looking Forward - 2014 • Develop funding proposals to fund strategic and integrated research on gender transformative change in value chains • Draft a manual for analyzing Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA’s) in the value chains • Build capacity to analyze gendered intra-household consumption patterns around animal source foods, and their impact on women and children
    15. 15. Looking Forward - 2014 •Study on ‘Exploring women’s perceptions of ownership and their implications on household food security in 3 L&F VCs’ •Across CRPs case-study on gender and norms •Develop tools and training to assess partners’ gender capacity •ILRI in house gender training
    16. 16. Additional Gender Activities - 2014 Gendered Value Chain analyses: •Uganda - Pig Value Chain – Identify issues women farmers face related to access and control of resources along the value chain - identify Best Bets •Nicaragua – Dual Purpose Cattle Value Chain -Identify, map and assess the gender dynamics and the role of women within the value chain •Ethiopia - Sheep and Goat Value Chain - Identify issues women farmers face related to access and control of resources along the value chain – identify Best Bets
    17. 17. Additional Gender Activities - 2014 • Ethiopia - Identify potential opportunities and interventions to change gender norms that inhibit women’s and children’s consumption of milk and meat • Gender Training Workshop -on integrating gender analysis and measuring gender impact in ILRI’s livestock research for development – “how to” incorporate gender analysis into bio-physical and social sciences
    18. 18. Proposed Gender Articles and Reports - 2014 • “Gendered Analysis of Livestock and Fish Value Chains: Best Bet Tools for an East African Context” • “Increasing Access to Rural Advisory Services for Rural Women in East Africa: Best Bet Tools for Providers” • “Gender Related Constraints and Potential Interventions in the Smallholder Pig Value Chain in Uganda” • Report on “The Gender Dynamics and the Roles of Women Farmers in the Dual Purpose Cattle Value Chain” • Report on “Access and Consumption of Meat and Milk, Animal Health and Food Safety Issues from a Gender Perspective in Ethiopia”