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About FHI 360

FHI 360 is a leading nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally-driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, gender, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, youth, research, and technology, creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360, based in the United States, serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

Gender at FHI 360

FHI 360 prioritizes organizational gender mainstreaming and programmatic gender integration. Evidence shows that integrating a gender perspective into development programs can improve program outcomes and increase equality between girls and boys and between women and men.

About the Gender 360 Summit

The Gender 360 Summit provided the opportunity for development practitioners, gender experts, donors, academics, and policymakers to explore successes, lessons learned, and challenges when addressing gender in international development.

Sessions

The Gender 360 Summit included three panels, a keynote address, and the interactive Gender Lounge session. Click on the session titles below to learn about key messages from each session, to watch panelist interviews and live video feed, and to read speaker biographies.ptyp


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Andrea M. Bertone, Ph.D., Director, Gender Department, FHI 360

Patrick Fine, Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment, USAID

PANEL 2: Female Empowerment & Gender Equality: FHI 360 Voices from the Field

Benjamin Rinehart, Chief of Party, Community-Based Livelihood Development for Women & Children in Swaziland, USAID-funded

Mirriam Dogimab, Senior Technical Advisor, Komuniti Lukautim Meri Project (KLOM): Addressing Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea, Australia DFAT-funded

Josephine Musamba, Senior Gender Advisor, Zambia Prevention, Care & Treatment Partnership (ZPCT II), USAID-funded

Maryann Stimmer, Senior Manager, Girls & STEM programs in the US, National Science Foundation-funded

PANEL 3: What Is the Role of Donors in Setting Expectations for Gender Integration?

Richard Lui, Journalist, MSBNC, MODERATOR

Vikki Stein, Director, Office of Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment, USAID

Sally Gear, Senior Education Advisor, Human Development Department, UK DFID

Amy Babchek, Senior Manager, Nike Foundation

Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Walmart

Joy Marini, Executive Director Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Beth Mitchneck, Ph.D., Program Director, National Science Foundation

Findings

Objectives

  • To facilitate dialogue among influential gender experts in the international development community on what is working well and what the challenges are to gender mainstreaming and gender integration.
  • To spotlight the effective programmatic work that FHI 360 is doing in gender equality and female empowerment around the globe.

Themes

  • How are organizations responding to the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, and what are the challenges?
  • How does female empowerment contribute to gender equality in development programming?
  • How do donor requirements impact the way organizations mainstream and integrate gender?

Outcomes

Expand knowledge sharing of gender strategies and tools, current practices, and lessons learned across organizations

Implementing partners should dismantle the barriers between each other to contribute to collective learning and creative thinking about gender integration. The commonly held attitude by development organizations to share limited amounts of information externally and to protect knowledge sharing among partners – who are often seen as competitors – hinders the ability to create, test, and deliver innovative solutions to gender issues.

Advocate donors to strengthen and enforce gender guidelines

As leaders of the development agenda, donors need to establish strong guidelines on gender integration, analysis, and measurement and then hold implementing partners accountable to them. Some donors have instituted gender policies that mandate integration of gender equality and female empowerment throughout the program cycle – yet, procedures for doing so remain unclear and enforcement is uneven.

Strengthen the evidence base for transformative gender integration approaches

The development community – including programs, organizations, and donors – must advocate for, demand, and lead data collection of appropriate indicators to make clear the impact of gender integration on outcomes. The community must also find ways to track and connect short-term programs’ results to constitute a longer period during which change in gender norms can take place. This is because the type of lasting behavior change that gender equality requires cannot be achieved in the average project life cycle of 2-5 years.

Improve communication between donors and implementing partners

A partnership of donors, implementing partners, and advocacy groups should establish a more effective mechanism for sharing what is and is not creating positive results for gender equality. This joint effort would mitigate the imbalance of power relations and foster more transparent conversations about success and failure. Donors should support improvements in communications by applauding organizations that take part in open dialogue.

Video Library

Gender 360 Summit Video Snapshot

Watch the following video for a snapshot of highlights from the Gender 360 Summit held on June 16, 2014, including clips from panelists and interviews with attendees that show why the Summit’s conversations are important and timely to the development community.

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