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CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research Newsletter September 2019, issue 11

Welcome to the eleventh issue of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research’s quarterly newsletter! Rhiannon Pyburn, Coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, introduces us to the latest and greatest news from CGIAR gender research over the past three months! ‘The Pulse‘ features Marlène Elias, Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and…

The Pulse: Marlène Elias

What is on the minds of leading CGIAR researchers as they integrate gender perspectives in pursuit of system-wide objectives? Gender inequality is a wicked problem. Its roots are deep and it is embedded in formal and informal institutions – in ideologies, policies, and markets – across sectors and scales. It is context- and culture-specific, so it is manifested through and affects…

Adapting the Gender Action and Learning System (GALS) framework for qualitative gender action research

By Rose Otieno Ochieng, social scientist specialised in gender at NIRAS, Kenya. Gender Action and Learning System (GALS) is a community-led household methodology that aims to give women and men more control over their personal, household, community and organisational development. It comprises role playing and visual tools to help farmers plan their lives and sustainable livelihoods. GALS is most often…

The quest towards gender ‘big data’ – Making gender datasets findable

Since 2018, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture have been collaborating out of mutual interest, to identify ways to unlock the ‘big data’ potential of gender research. Some preliminary steps are necessary, however, and one of these is to make the gender data sets ‘findable’ so they can be made…

Village mapping and power ranking with women in Kailali District, Nepal, 2015 (photo credit: E. Karki)

Power within – a ‘critical element’ in measuring women’s empowerment

By Floriane Clément, senior research fellow at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Corey O’Hara, researcher at the International Nutrition Foundation. Introduction Agricultural programs are increasingly measuring women’s empowerment at the household level through standardised tools that can be used across countries and over time. In this blog, we argue that such tools should go beyond agency. Feminist…

One of the cognitive interviewing sites (photo credit: Anika Hannan / IFPRI)

An evolving guide to enumerator coaching on qualitative research methods

By Anika Hannan, monitoring and evaluation specialist at ICF International. Monitoring progress toward achieving global goals such as improving gender equality and women’s empowerment requires developing instruments that measure these constructs. For an abstract concept like ‘women’s empowerment’, any survey instrument must be well understood by both participants and researchers. A team from the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project, Phase…

Milk bar at Maai Mahiu, Kenya (photo credit: North Star Alliance)

Power through: A new concept in the empowerment discourse

In this new publication, Alessandra Galie (ILRI) and Cathy Farnworth (independent) zoom into the relational nature of empowerment. They demonstrate how individual empowerment requires the empowerment and deliberate support of others and find that community judgement and local gender norms determine empowerment outcomes.

Naila Kabeer’s Seeds of Change harvest: a ‘simple’ question of respect and equality

During the Seeds of Change conference, we approached several people from the ‘Gender in Agriculture’ crowd to interview them on their work, on their insights about the conference and their outlook on the next frontiers of our field of research. Find an overview of all conference related outputs here. In this very special interview, we are privileged to feature eminent scholar…

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research newsletter. Issue #10, June 2019

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research Newsletter July 2019, issue 10

Here is the tenth issue of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research’s quarterly newsletter! This is a special issue covering the recent ‘Seeds of Change’ conference, as usual prefaced by Rhiannon Pyburn, Coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, for a broad sweep of recent news on the CGIAR Gender Platform and Research front! For this special…

Katrina Kosec (photo credit: IFPRI)

The Pulse: Katrina Kosec

What is on the minds of leading CGIAR researchers as they integrate gender perspectives in pursuit of system-wide objectives? More rigorous research is needed on the drivers of gender norms, with particular attention to norms which tend to limit women’s decision-making authority and ability to participate fully in economic and civic life. A host of factors may contribute to norm change.…