Bhubaneswar, Orissa (India)

Gender knowledge

“There is nothing more practical than a good theory” (Lewin, 1952: 169)

KIT Gender’s knowledge work makes the evolving debates around gender accessible, so others can critically examine their own thinking and practice.

We facilitate opportunities for researchers and practitioners to critically engage with and reflect upon the state of gender knowledge in development. By doing so, we are able to challenge narrow understandings of mainstream development.

Research that promotes action

As gender mainstreaming becomes an increasingly central issue, different interpretations create the risk that it drifts from its original target of transforming societies and securing the rights and freedom of both women and men. KIT Gender draws on both theory and practice to re-invigorate gender work in development by remaining focused on its transformatory potential.

For the last 15 years, KIT Gender has developed strong and principled knowledge-building traditions:

First, our work and publications aim to be empirically sound while embedded in accepted theory.

Second, we have consistently tried to show the difference between ‘doing gender’ (applying checklists, tools, model strategies) and actually using gender relations as an analytical tool to identify the inequalities and build strategies to solve them.

Third, much of our knowledge building work is based on action research. It is therefore better suited to informing policy and practice and in generating social action.

These knowledge projects are conceived alongside – and implemented in partnership with – southern and northern development organisations, research and practice institutions. Through our knowledge work we hope to maintain the integrity of gender work worldwide, thus preserving its power for promoting social equity and gender justice.