CGIAR Scientific Conference on Gender Research


KIT Royal Tropical Institute is proud to host the first annual scientific conference and capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research. The conference and workshops are taking place this week.

The conference brings together gender scientists from across all CGIAR research programs. The aim is to share research findings, exchange knowledge, and to identify and advance system-wide research priorities. The conference follows the launch of the Platform in January this year to disseminate gender research and foster capacity development and collaboration among CGIAR programs, centres and partners, building further on the work of a system-wide gender network established in 2011.

“What we are trying to do with the Platform and at the Conference is, on one hand, build up a body of knowledge on specific themes – e.g. gender and water, gender and livestock – and on the other, connect with the broader discourse around gender and development,” says Rhiannon Pyburn, Senior Advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute and Coordinator of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research.

Welcoming conference participants, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, Head of KIT’s Sustainable Economic Development and Gender unit, expressed his appreciation for the opportunities that the Platform provides to “[create] deeper insights in how gender work can help CGIAR and its stakeholders in generating positive impact.”

Watch the welcome statements by Rhiannon Pyburn and Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters below.

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