Case selection is based on the principles of maximum diversity sampling, which seek to uncover important regularities that cut across heterogeneous population groups and contexts sampled. GENNOVATE’s individual village-level cases were selected purposively to ensure strong variance at multiple scales. First, the cases are scattered across regions and countries, with concentrations in Africa and South Asia to not only  reflect CGIAR investment priorities but also to capture macro-level differences in gender structures.

Within countries, cases are selected to deliver strong variance on two dimensions theorized to be important for outcomes: i) economic dynamism and ii) gender gaps in assets and capacities. Case selection is also informed by the CRPs’ activities in the research areas; and GENNOVATE datasets will serve as a basis for longitudinal research in several cases.

GENNOVATE’s 137 village cases are based in the following three regions and 26 countries:

  • Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh), Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
  • Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • Latin America: Colombia, Mexico