Report on the Gender Capacity Development (GCD) Activities by LCRP Partners in Ethiopia.
Based on an assessment of gender capacity and the needs expressed by partners, CRP Livestock initiated a pilot capacity development program to strengthen the gender integration capacities of livestock value chain partners (six research and development partners) at an individual and organizational level. A gender capacity development training manual was developed by Transition International (TI) and ILRI covering four thematic areas: 1) gender analysis for value chain development; 2) gender strategy development; 3) gender responsive organizations; and 4) monitoring and documentation. Two training workshops introducing and testing the training manuals were held and complemented with coaching and mentoring and experimental learning activities. Following the second training workshop (23-27 October 2017) participants drafted action plans to develop organizational gender strategies and interventions in order to apply the new knowledge and skills acquired from the training as part of the training workshop. The plans to be implemented were meant to reinforce the skills acquired during the training workshops. Visits to respective partner organizations and distance mentoring and coaching of the teams were done in order to help them roll out their action plans. The heads of institutions and regional gender focal points signed the coaching agreement in order to formalize the whole process of Gender Capacity Development. This report describes progress made in implementing the action plans in 2018.