Gender and Inclusive Development

Group of Hondurans Consulting a Map

Under the USAID ADVANTAGE IDIQ, EnCompass and consortia partner Counterpart International worked with USAID/Honduras to produce an in-depth analysis of GBV issues to inform the Mission’s development objective of increasing citizen security for vulnerable populations in urban, high-crime areas.  EnCompass conducted primary research in the field, including survey research, focus groups, and individual interviews to identify and analyze the most common forms, incidences, and causes of GBV in target communities, wit

Then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watches as President Barack Obama signs a Presidential memorandum, "Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally," in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The 4th of July holiday presents an opportunity for all Americans to pause and think about what we are truly celebrating: whose freedom, whose independence, whose rights?  Recent discussions among EnCompass staff about the events in Charleston reveal the many different feelings and experiences among our staff about what it means to be an American. And those in EnCompass whose identity is in other nationalities and live in the United States, or in other countries, have yet a different set of experiences of this country.

South African President Jacob Zuma

Mothers in ancient Sparta washed the newborn with wine to ensure it was strong.  Later the baby was brought by its father to the elders, who inspected the newborn carefully. If they found that the child was deformed or weakly they threw it into Kaiada, the so called Apothetae, a chasm at a cliff, of the mount Taygetos. (See http://www.sikyon.com/sparta/agogi_eg.html)

Woman in Agriculture Processing

Promote is USAID’s largest women’s empowerment program in the Agency’s history, aimed at advancing opportunities for Afghan women who can become political, private sector, and civil society leaders. EnCompass was engaged as part of a Consortium led by Chemonics to support facilitation and leadership development activities.

Child with doctors

EnCompass serves in Gender and Quality Improvement advisor roles for the AIDSFree project, which aims to improve the effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions, and accelerate the speed with which these interventions are brought to scale at the country-level. EnCompass provides capacity development and technical support to USAID missions, host-country governments, and HIV/AIDS implementers. Operating at the local, regional, and national levels, this project builds upon the accomplishments of USAID’s predecessor project, AIDSTAR-ONE.

Woman in the classroom

EnCompass and ADVANTAGE consortia partner Cardno designed and wrote two sector-specific GBV Resource Guides for USAID staff: one focused on the Education sector, including school-related GBV; and, the other focused on the Energy and Infrastructure sector. You can access and download the Resource Guides here:

Photo of young girls

EnCompass co-facilitated a skills-based, practical training course providing USAID staff with guidance on implementing the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, in order to identify best practices and lessons learned in integrating gender considerations across USAID’s Program Cycle.

Group of Women leaders

EnCompass designed and delivered a virtual mentoring program for women leaders at UNAIDS, the first in the UN System.

Kostas Hatzis 2010*

The European Evaluation Society (EES) has selected an inspiring topic for the upcoming EES 2014 Conference, “Evaluation for an Equitable Society,” because as evaluators we need to think about and discuss the role evaluation can play in equity, gender equality and social justice. So, I have been thinking about how I build equity in my own practice, the challenges I face, and the questions this raises for my own practice.

Lyn with Priscilla Usiobaifo, founder of Braveheart Initiative, an NGO in rural Nigeria empowering young people with information and skills on sexual and reproductve health and rights.

When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, about 90 percent of the male workforce  worked in South Africa, primarily in the gold mines, with few opportunities to return home to their families. One of these men was married to a neighbor of mine.

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