Aqaba Community and Economic Development (ACED) Project
Banyan Global was a subcontractor to AECOM to support core technical and crosscutting activities, including gender, on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded ACED project. The project built the capacity of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and the Aqaba Development Corporation in service provision, regulation, policy, planning, and advocacy. Banyan Global ensured gender integration in all program activities by conducting a gender assessment during the project start-up to provide ACED with a gender analysis of its programs. It also conducted introductory gender and development training for the entire ACED staff and prepared a gender statement and policy (including implementation plan) to be used by the project and key partners. Banyan Global also developed an implementation plan for using the gender statement with government agencies and counterparts.