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Revisiting Gender Training

KIT designed and facilitated this project to critically reflect on the state of gender training in international development. The project brought together researchers and activists and practitioners through an online discussion forum, international conference and publication that updated the thinking on gender practice, and initiated further conferences in Nepal and Johannesburg.

Learning from 20 years in gender studies and training

A serious and critical review of what gender training represents and how it relates and contributes to the successes and failures of gender mainstreaming had not been undertaken globally since the late 1990s. KIT therefore initiated this process to provide a comprehensive look at ‘where we are at’  by facilitating discussion among gender experts and practitioners working in the field of international development.

The process began with a three-week online interrogative discussion moderated by KIT. At the end of this phase, key participants were selected to contribute their experiences and reflections to a publication, published by KIT. The final activity was a conference held at KIT in Amsterdam (14-16 May 2007) which provided some 50 practitioners, activists and academics with an opportunity to gather and reflect on almost 20 years of experience in gender studies and training. The aim was to critically analyse gender training and understand its role and its relations to other efforts to forward gender equality.

Project results

The project resulted in a reflection of gender training and gender knowledge captured in two publications: Revisiting Gender Training: the making and remaking of gender knowledge and a conference report.

The project also inspired two regional conferences: Gender and access to justice in sub-Saharan Africa (Johannesburg 2008) and South Asia Region Conference on Gender Knowledge Production and Dissemination in Development (Kathmandu 2009) as well as a edited collection on gender knowledge.

Services delivered

  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Impact Assessment

  • Project Implementation

    KIT has more than 80 experts specialising in public health systems, epidemiology, sexual and reproductive health and rights, agricultural innovation, food value-chains, gender relations, and inclusive finance. The combination of this content expertise and process-related skills not only leads to better projects, it also builds competencies in project design, implementation and management. We build on our clients’ own resources and knowledge, mission and values and ensure that our advice is aligned with existing initiatives, has policy relevance, and is adapted to the local context. With extensive experience and practical involvement in projects and programmes worldwide, we tailor our project support to your needs, the context you are working in and the partners with whom you are working. Our approach is practical and based on action learning. This allows you to yield the highest possible impact with your investments. 

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its programme as well as how to recruit and retain female staff. KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO.  We also offers Masters programmes and advanced courses designed to equip health professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to address public health challenges around the world. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences among a broad range of development practitioners.  Finally, through training, consultancy and coaching services, KIT’s Intercultural Professionals unit provides a comprehensive approach to effective intercultural communication and cooperation. By demonstrating the value of cultural awareness and sensitivity, culture-specific insights and intercultural competencies, Intercultural Professionals helps NGOs, governments, corporate entities, leaders & professionals to enhance their business offering and integrate inclusive policies into their global or local operations.