Gender Audits of CGIAR Research Programmes


The KIT Gender Team carried out gender audits of the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) on MAIZE and WHEAT. The goal was to strengthen the institutional capacity of the CRP lead partners to integrate gender equality concerns in research for development projects.

Strengthening capacity for gender integration in agricultural research

Commissioned by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the audits were an external stock-taking exercise of the steps taken to integrate gender into eight research-for-development projects under CRP MAIZE and WHEAT. The audits also looked at organizational functions – i.e. monitoring and evaluation systems, resource allocation, and performance management – to see how such functions enabled or constrained gender integration into the CRPs. In addition, the audits analyzed how epistemologies affect the way the CRPs address gender equality concerns.

Our methods included:

  • online staff capacity assessment
  • literature and document reviews
  • field visits
  • semi-structured interviews
  • focus group discussions

The gender audits were designed to contribute to the goals of the CRP MAIZE and WHEAT gender strategies. These strategies reflect the growing awareness of CRP partners that gender equality is essential in the quest to enhance agricultural growth, food security, and sustainable use of natural resources. The gender audit provided an opportunity to advise CRP lead partners on how to maximise the impact of their research, and their contribution to reducing gender inequalities in maize- and wheat-based farming systems.