Welcome & Opening Remarks

Key Messages

  • Gender and social considerations should to be at the heart of every development investment. A critical lesson evidence has demonstrated is that the increase in human rights and the expansion of gender equality leads to poverty reduction and better livelihoods.
  • How does the development community continue to add value in a changing landscape? International NGOs must ask the right questions about female empowerment and then find workable solutions to bring it forward in programming.
  • Gender 360 Summit brought together a diverse group from the development community to discuss the role of gender equality and female empowerment in raising living standards and advancing global well-being – more than 200 people attended from 80+ organizations.

Speakers

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

Dr. Andrea M. Bertone has 19 years of international development and related research experience on girls' education, gender-based violence, human trafficking, gender integration and mainstreaming, women's empowerment and economic productivity, and life skills. She has managed projects, developed tools on girls' education, and conducted research about women and gender in conflict-affected countries – Afghanistan, Thailand, Nigeria, Guinea, Tanzania, Ghana and Burma. She has co-written two girls' mentoring guides and written several peer-reviewed articles on human trafficking.

Dr. Bertone is the Director of FHI 360's Gender Department where she provides strategic programmatic and technical leadership; coordinates gender integration across technical sectors and geographic locations; and consults on technical program implementation issues. Concurrently, she serves as Adjunct Professor at George Washington University where she teaches graduate courses on human trafficking and gender and development. Dr. Bertone holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Patrick Fine, Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360

Patrick Fine brings 35 years of international development experience and a deep conviction in the power of people to work together to solve complex human development challenges. Before joining FHI 360, Mr. Fine served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape non-traditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight of development partnerships with 24 countries. From 2006 to 2010, he was Senior Vice President of the Global Learning Group at the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

As a member of the Senior Foreign Service at USAID, Mr. Fine served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau and Mission Director in Afghanistan. He lived in Africa for more than 20 years, and has worked in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He is currently co-chair of the Alliance for International Youth Development and a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society for International Development.

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

Key Messages

  • Gender and social considerations should to be at the heart of every development investment. A critical lesson evidence has demonstrated is that the increase in human rights and the expansion of gender equality leads to poverty reduction and better livelihoods.
  • How does the development community continue to add value in a changing landscape? International NGOs must ask the right questions about female empowerment and then find workable solutions to bring it forward in programming.
  • Gender 360 Summit brought together a diverse group from the development community to discuss the role of gender equality and female empowerment in raising living standards and advancing global well-being – more than 200 people attended from 80+ organizations.

Speakers

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

Dr. Andrea M. Bertone has 19 years of international development and related research experience on girls' education, gender-based violence, human trafficking, gender integration and mainstreaming, women's empowerment and economic productivity, and life skills. She has managed projects, developed tools on girls' education, and conducted research about women and gender in conflict-affected countries – Afghanistan, Thailand, Nigeria, Guinea, Tanzania, Ghana and Burma. She has co-written two girls' mentoring guides and written several peer-reviewed articles on human trafficking.

Dr. Bertone is the Director of FHI 360's Gender Department where she provides strategic programmatic and technical leadership; coordinates gender integration across technical sectors and geographic locations; and consults on technical program implementation issues. Concurrently, she serves as Adjunct Professor at George Washington University where she teaches graduate courses on human trafficking and gender and development. Dr. Bertone holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Patrick Fine, Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360

Patrick Fine brings 35 years of international development experience and a deep conviction in the power of people to work together to solve complex human development challenges. Before joining FHI 360, Mr. Fine served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape non-traditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight of development partnerships with 24 countries. From 2006 to 2010, he was Senior Vice President of the Global Learning Group at the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

As a member of the Senior Foreign Service at USAID, Mr. Fine served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau and Mission Director in Afghanistan. He lived in Africa for more than 20 years, and has worked in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He is currently co-chair of the Alliance for International Youth Development and a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society for International Development.

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