CARE's Gender and Diversity Expertise: The Best of the Best

CARE's Gender and Diversity Expertise: The Best of the Best

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CARE understands that gender transformative work relies on individuals to be agents and models of social change. Our Gender Equity and Diversity (GED) training materials for work with our staff, partners, and beneficiaries are the best of the best, an industry standard praised by USAID and other partners. 

Since 1998, CARE has dedicated full-time staff who have developed an extensive curriculum and facilitate trainings for building staff capacity around the globe. In FY 14 alone, 140 trained facilitators have trained over 2100 people including staff, partners and program participants in GED issues. CARE has also trained corporations, peer INGOs, academic institutions, and donors on Gender, Equity, and Diversity issues, and offers the trainings to other interested parties.  For information on working with CARE for trainings in your organization, view our full service offer or reach out to Kassie Mcilvaine at


Promoting personal transformation: In-person Training Modules

Acknowledging that we are all products of our cultures, CARE has developed 5 gender equity and diversity training modules where staff can reflect on their diverse experiences of power, gender, class, caste, and religion in their own lives. CARE links this training with its programmatic work in communities by holding reflective practices and dialogues with staff and communities throughout the life of a program.

Through years of testing and modifying the curriculum, CARE has developed a manual and full facilitation guide for its 3-5 day training curriculum. We also conduct training-of-trainers for people interested in becoming facilitators in GED trainings. Modules move from a basic introduction of gender issues (GED 101) through programmatic application to the complex issues of gender synchronization and engaging men and boys (GED 501).

Our newest module on engaging men and boys for gender equality was published in multiple languages in June 2013, and represents CARE’s continual innovation on gender issues and working at the cutting edge of gender integration.  This module explores how to move to gender synchronization using strategies of both empowering women and girls and engaging men and boys for gender equality.

CARE’s Gender Analysis Toolkit

CARE has also developed its own online toolkit containing a set of core resources on programming and organizational gender issues, with specific focus on gender analysis, and impact measurement. The Toolkit builds on decades of our work in designing and conducting research, analysis, programming, impact measurement, and reflective and shared learning around gender and poverty.  It is a resource for CARE staff and partners to use as they prioritize areas of analysis, facilitate discussion with program participants about gender issues based on their experiences, conduct situation analyses, or plan and design programs, baselines, monitoring tools and evaluations. The site houses over 200 participatory tools from across the globe from CARE's past experiences and lessons on gender analysis.


Women’s Empowerment Impact Measurement Initiative (WEIMI) Guide

WEIMI provided technical support to country offices (COs) to operationalize key women’s empowerment and gender-sensitive high-level indicators. This included creating an online guide to women’s impact measurement, featuring lessons learned and good practices. The online tool includes modules on: Developing the Theory of Change, Defining Measurement Elements of the Theory of Change, Developing the Impact Measurement Strategy, and Testing the Theory Change.  All of these sections focus specifically on how to measure impacts in women’s empowerment. 


Inner Spaces, Outer Faces Initiative (ISOFI)

Inequalities of power in gender and sexuality are powerful factors influencing health and development. CARE and the International Center for Research on Women jointly designed and implemented the innovative Inner Spaces, Outer Faces Initiative (ISOFI) to find more effective ways of addressing these inequalities in CARE’s reproductive health programs, starting with a pilot phase in India and Vietnam. The resulting toolkit contains training, reflection, and monitoring tools used during the ISOFI pilot phase and are available to increase the understanding of gender and sexuality issues by both staff and community members.


Social Analyses and Action (SAA)

SAA utilizes a variety of participatory tools in an ongoing process of reflection, challenge, exploration, and learning of the links between gender and health. The SAA process can be embedded within a program cycle with the critical first step to transform staff capacity and build the capacity of communities to challenge harmful gender and social norms.