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Gender Equality

At KIT Institute, our gender specialists help you make sense of gender for your organisation and development programmes. Together, we maximise the impact of your gender interventions and bring positive and equitable change to people’s everyday lives.

Our approach is practical and grounded in knowledge

KIT’s team of gender specialists work on individual programmes to enhance women’s empowerment and rights. The team also helps design ways to include equal rights and opportunities for men and women in longer-term agriculture, finance and health initiatives and organisations. Drawing on 25 years of diverse experience in gender work in international development, we bring solid gender expertise to development problems. Our team includes specialists in gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment, agriculture and natural resource management, financial inclusion and health. In addition to our gender expertise, we bring rich experience in organisational change management, capacity development and learning, knowledge management and applied research.

We leave no one behind

Achieving gender equality and realising women and girls’ empowerment and rights are critical elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 5 is central to our work, and gender also features strongly as a theme cutting across all other SDGs. Our work is strongly inspired by and seeks to contribute to the Leaving No One Behind agenda. This agenda calls for deeper understanding and more efforts to contribute to meaningful change for groups that are currently invisible or excluded. This requires an intentional focus on women and girls, and on the marginalized and excluded groups among them.

To this end, we offer a range of services to support organisations in making sense of gender across programmes, projects and institutionally. Key to our approach is to think and act together with you to create a space that stimulates critical reflection and applied learning. Our work is tailor-made to your organisation and sector.

Advancing Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

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Gender & Agriculture

At KIT Institute we combine expertise in gender and agriculture to address gender-based inequalities in the agricultural sector.

  • Accelerating Agriculture and Agribusiness in South Sudan

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    A3-Seed The seed sector in South Sudan is currently dominated by seed aid. The A3-Seed project seeks to reduce the country’s dependancy on foreign-sourced seeds, and humanitarian support, with the aim to transform the seed sector into a commercially viable one.  “The yield was not good” As part of the project, we recently held an […]

  • Inclusive Conservation and Livelihoods in Tropical Forests: Exploring Gender Transformative Approaches

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    KIT Institute and Farm Africa are conducting a participatory action research study on forest conservation, livelihoods, and gender in the Bale Ecoregion in Ethiopia. The study will guide and support women in communities around the Harenna forest in the pursuit of alternative income-generating activities that empower them, improve their wellbeing, and that contribute to forest […]

  • Applying a Gender Lens to Cocoa Cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire

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    Women living in cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire are disproportionately excluded from participating in cooperatives or benefiting from them. To address this gender inequality, a gender lens was applied to Rabo Partnership and Barry Callebaut’s ‘Empowering the Middle Program’. Specific entry points and activities were designed to promote women’s inclusion and elevate their status […]

Gender Equality and Social Justice

At KIT Institute, we are dedicated to the realisation of gender equality and social justice.

  • YW4A: Young Women for Awareness, Agency, Advocacy, and Accountability

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    Achieving gender equality and realising womens’ and girl’s empowerment and rights are critical elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, progress varies as young women still find their voices silenced in patriarchal families, communities and political spaces, and are subject to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).  This calls for deeper understanding and intensified efforts to contribute […]

  • Gender Equality & Dutch Trade Policy

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    Trade agreements can contribute to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. But they can also reinforce inequalities and women’s subordinate position in national economies. Responding to this concern, KIT supported the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to integrate gender equality into the Ministry’s 2018 policy on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. A gendered economy Economic […]

  • Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Mining

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    Since 2016, KIT Royal Tropical Institute has supported the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to develop a global leadership role to facilitate experience sharing and policy influencing on gender equality integration in the mining sector. MFA leads the Women’s Rights and Mining (WRM) multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to establish a better understanding of gender […]

Financial Inclusion

At KIT Institute we promote financial inclusion in both the private and public sectors.

  • Demand-side research on migrant remittances

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    In 2020, an estimated 3.6 percent (281 million people) of the global population were migrants. The officially recorded flow of remittances from migrants to low­- and middle-income countries reached USD 540 billion in 2020. Remittances represent a large component of GDP for many receiving countries and are a major supporting income stream for many households.  […]

  • Studying the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Africa

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    AATIF provides technical assistance to smallholder farmers in strategic value chains in which their investees and pipeline companies operate. KIT was asked to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic affected vulnerable groups in eight value chains across Ivory Coast (cocoa, cashew), Kenya (dairy) and Zambia (maize, wheat, cotton, soybean, sunflower).   Obtaining an early overview of the effects of the pandemic on smallholder farmers and their incomes will […]

  • Gender Integration with Climate Fund Managers

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    KIT Royal Tropical Institute supported Climate Fund Managers (CFM) to integrate gender into their investment process. KIT conducted desk-based gender assessments of the renewable energy sector in 14 countries across African and Asia. Guided by this assessment, KIT worked with CFM to develop a gender integration action plan for CFM’s Climate Investor One financing facility. […]

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