The programme aims to contribute to the re-capturing and re-imagining of gender training, as a feminist project, in light of these trends, and establish a new approach to training for gender equality. And now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to re-imagine how inequalities will be addressed in development has become paramount as we see all forms of inequality, including gender inequality, exacerbated during this period. The pandemic has also revealed the significance of social care and the care of the environment in promoting human well-being. It has highlighted that human well-being cannot be furthered without considering care as a primary goal of development.
If you are interested in finding out more about the course content and would like to meet the trainers and two alumni, you can watch the recording of our webinar with UN Women Training Centre which took place on the 7th of October 2021.
This six-month certificate programme offered by KIT and UN Women Training Centre aims to:
- Sharpen training skills and knowledge of gender and development concepts as a gender equality trainer
- Enable participants to better employ learning and knowledge strategies
- Support participants to re-claim training for gender equality as a political feminist process
- Renew participants as a gender equality trainer and their commitment to gender training as a transformative process.
Using a combination of lectures, guest presentations and practical activities and assignments, the programme strengthens trainers’ capacities in three interrelated domains:
The programme employs blended design including face-to-face workshops, virtual seminars as well as mentoring and networking.
- Conceptual Depth and Clarity: gender and development theory and practice in various themes; and global approaches to gender in development
- Feminist Practices: gender knowledge and knowledge making and power; reflexivity; change and resistance; and global governance of development and client relations
- Training Skills and Methods: training design, delivery and evaluation; communication skills; and learner-centred pedagogy.
The programme works in a co-creation process with experienced gender trainers from both the global south and north.
Participants need to meet the following criteria to qualify:
- Have a minimum of three years of training experience on gender issues
- Have knowledge of gender and development and gender in public policy
- Have an institutional affiliation/experience: UN agencies, international and national NGOs, national governments, academia, etc.
- Demonstrate commitment to completing the six-month process of professional development.
Since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, gender training remains a key policy and programme response to address a wide range of perceived needs to make gender mainstreaming happen. In many respects, it has become a cure-all to address the many challenges gender mainstreaming entails. Seen as a missing element, repeated calls for gender training reflect a ‘more of the same but better’ approach to addressing the limitations of gender mainstreaming (Milward et al., 2015).
What has now become evident is how complicit gender experts (Prügl, 2013) and the gender knowledge they broker have contributed to undermining the transformative aims originally envisioned. As gender experts, including trainers, and gender expertise have become embedded in development cooperation, it has “not always [been] in the ways that feminists would have liked” (Mukhopadhyay, 2016).
In part, this has been how gender training has been approached (Lazreg, 2002), as a singular short-term event (Mukhopadhyay, 2014) with little room for reflection, which would otherwise allow for participants to “make choices about their gendered behaviors” (Albury and Laplonge, cited by Laplonge, 2015). In this context, gender is presented as a “set of skills, which can be straightforwardly delivered and reproduced” emphasizing “‘knowing that’ rather than ‘knowing how’, and encourage[ing] the parroting of slogans rooted in frameworks disembodied from lived experience” (ibid: 362).
Re-capturing and Re-imagining
It is within this context that the UN Women Training Centre and KIT offer a professional development programme for gender trainers. This was then and more so today given the COVID-19 pandemic, especially timely and critical given the changing landscape of development assistance, the shifting (and sometimes declining) role of the nation state along with the conflation of aid and trade in many foreign policies.
. Additionally, the rising predominance of new private sector and philanthropist actors working in the name of development has demonstrated a further need for (re) claiming an autonomous spaces for feminist knowledge production, such as gender training (Cornwall, 2016). Lastly, the Sustainable Development Goals challenges development policy maker and practitioners to re-think how to address social and gender inequity to ensure that indeed, “no one is left behind.”
The programme aims to contribute to the re-capturing and re-imagining of gender training, as a feminist project, in light of these trends, and establish a new approach to training for gender equality. And now with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to re-imagine how inequalities will be addressed in development has become paramount as we see all forms of inequality, including gender inequality, exacerbated during this period. The pandemic has also revealed the significance of social care and the care of the environment in promoting human well-being. It has highlighted that human well-being cannot be furthered without considering care as a primary goal of development.
Approach and Structure
The programme facilitates the professional development of participants in three interrelated domains:
1 ) Conceptual Depth and Clarity: gender and development theory and practice in various themes; and global approaches to gender in development
Under this domain, the learning objectives are to
- Ensure a solid foundational base of gender and development theory
- Develop conceptual understanding of gender as a social relation and interface with development
- Enable participants to critically engage with development programmes.
2 ) Feminist Practices: gender knowledge and knowledge making and power; reflexivity; change and resistance; and global governance of development and client relations
Under this domain, the learning objectives are to
- Understand the politics of knowledge production
- Strengthen critical self-analysis skills
- Develop skills to navigate insider-outsider status of gender trainers.
3 ) Training Skills and Methods: training design, delivery and evaluation; communication skills; and learner-centred pedagogy
Under this domain, the learning objectives are to
- Strengthen specialised training design, delivery and evaluation skills
- Strengthen communication skills to convey complex concepts intelligibly
- Deepen understanding of learner-centred pedagogy
- Become fluent with an array of case studies and examples for practical application.
- Registration Process 2021-2022 Detailed guidance on registration process and deadlines.
Please upload your application online. Below you will find the link to the online registration form where you will be asked basic questions and requested to upload two documents.
Please ensure you have both these documents filled and ready to be uploaded before you complete the online registration.
Logistics and Practical Information
- Registration Process 2022.
- Programme: 21st February 2022-26 August 2022. See Course Overview and Level of Effort.
- Participant pre-programme preparation: 1-18 February 2022
- Programme: 21 February 2022 – 26 August 2022
Module dates and location
Note that this is blended learning course. A flexible approach has been adopted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are only required to be physically present at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam for Module 3 of the Programme – that is 21 – 26 August 2022. (See Timeline PDPGT 2022)
- Module 1: virtual workshops extended over three weeks, 21 February – 11 March 2022 (precise timing to be determine based on participants time zones)
- Module 2: moderated online sessions, 14 March 2022 to 12 August 2022
- Module 3: face-to-face workshop in Amsterdam (Netherlands), 21-26 August 2022 (depending on the COVID-19 pandemic)
Venue and Accommodations
The first two modules will take place virtually. The face-to-face workshop (Module 3) will take place at KIT’s meeting facilities in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Accommodation is the participants’ responsibility with KIT providing coordination support. Options include local hotels, shared accommodation and participants’ own arrangements.
There is a possibility to apply for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarships. Guidance on how to apply can be found here. Note that if you are applying for this scholarship, there is an earlier deadline of 1st October 2021 in order to be able to register in the OKP system (Expected in October).
Currently no other scholarships are confirmed. Meanwhile, the programme is currently exploring options for other full and partial scholarships for participants from the Global South, with a priority given to those currently living and working as gender trainers for national and sub-national organisations in the Global South, particularly those from East and West Africa, South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Preference will be given to those who can co-fund.
During the registration process, you will need to specify if you are seeking support for a scholarship (full/partial) and to indicate financial needs.
Note that applications for all scholarships need to first be accepted to the programme prior to qualifying for a scholarship. See Registration Process 2021-2022 for more guidance.
KIT Gender, UN Women Training Centre and programme resources
At KIT Royal Tropical Institute an international team of gender specialists with a demonstrated track record of capacity strengthening for gender equality has been a pioneer in gender training theory and practice. Our gender training expertise and experience builds from seminal global gender and rights training programmes first established in 1989. Today we offer organisational wide-training initiatives as well as stand-alone training activities, as part of wider programmes in support of gender mainstreaming, to government ministries, international organisations, UN agencies and NGOs. Core to these are an understanding of and experience with gender and development, grounded in theory and practice, which KIT brings to all phases of training: needs assessment, training methodological development and design, curriculum and learning resource development, delivery, training evaluation as well as capacity strengthening of gender trainers.
The UN Women Training Centre is dedicated to supporting the UN and other stakeholders to realize commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s right through transformative training and learning. We provide high quality training courses, programmes and resources on key issues related to UN Women’s priorities as well as emerging topics. We foster and employ innovative, participatory learning approaches and methodologies, working with diverse partners around the world to ensure the quality and effectiveness of our training services and products. In addition to our self-paced, scheduled and customized trainings, we also provide technical assistance, quality standards, needs assessments on learning and training, learning facilities to conduct face-to-face training, and an eLearning Campus featuring a community of practice and databases of training institutions, opportunities and resources.
Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, PhD, is a social anthropologist specialised in social development with a focus on gender and development. She has expertise in social and institutional analysis, citizenship and rights in development and integration of equity concerns across sectors in policy development, programme and project planning, monitoring and evaluation. She has extensive experience and skills in applied and action-oriented research, teaching and training and has several publications in her fields of expertise. She has worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with multilateral and bi-lateral agencies, national governments, international and national non-governmental organisations on a broad range of development issues.
Franz Wong, PhD, is a senior social development and gender equity advisor and KIT Gender Team Coordinator. He has worked in development for over 25 years and as a gender specialist since 2002 in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has 20 years’ experience in gender training as designer, trainer/trainer of trainer and researcher as well as an academic lecture. Franz is also gender and organizational change specialist with expertise in gender mainstreaming policy and strategy, research and assessment (gender audits) and capacity development for gender equality. He has trained in a variety organisational settings including UN agencies, NGOs, government ministries and international research organizations.
Julie Newton, PhD, is a senior social development and gender advisor within the KIT Gender Team. With a background in human geography, she has over 15 years of working at the interface of development research, policy and practice in Africa and Asia. She has expertise in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming, focusing on integrating gender within programme design and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). She has extensive experience in the areas food and nutrition security, social protection, child rights, women’s labour rights, and sustainable livelihoods.
Programme Resource Persons
Previously, the programme has included international resource persons such as Ann Whitehead, Nandinee Bandyopadhyay, Lucy Ferguson, Anne Marie Goetz, Naila Kabeer, Christine Okali and Noemi Gonda.
"After the first face-to-face session I returned home so empowered. The session held the attention of all the participants throughout. The knowledge, venue, materials & facilitation was excellent."
"I am confident that this excellent learning environment will continue to deliver benefits to me well into the future and beyond the time frames of the 6-month course".
"The overall training was very inspirational, energizing, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge of gender together with case studies, learning from other experiences across different countries and being fully practice-oriented. I would recommend this training to all development sector actors".
"The interactive course activities challenged our thinking about a range of interlinked issues; the multiple viewpoints afforded by our diverse work/life/backgrounds enabled all of us to “sharpen the saw” and to re-think what may have been some preconceptions around other cultures, other countries, other ways of “doing gender”.
Training for Gender Equality as Subversion - Session 2
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