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Gender Analysis and Assessment – USAID/Colombia

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Banyan Global is implementing the Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) task order under the Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. GITA provides on-demand, rapid response short-term technical assistance (STTA) to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions and Bureaus across sectors.

Banyan Global conducted a gender analysis and assessment for USAID/Colombia from January to April 2019 to inform the Mission’s 2019-2024 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). Using Banyan Global’s tested gender analysis research tools, the four-person research team identified systemic constraints and opportunities across multiple thematic areas in Colombia. The team simultaneously carried out a gender assessment focusing on several cross-cutting themes, including democracy, human rights and governance (with a focus on reintegration and inclusion); rural economic development, value chains, tertiary roads, and land tenure; natural resources governance and corruption and illegal economies; citizen security; and the Venezuelan refugee crisis. Both of these research endeavors took place in close collaboration with Mission staff to build their capacity in best practice gender research approaches and to provide support to integrate key findings into their CDCS process.  The gender assessment summarized how the Mission has responded to gender gaps, opportunities, and advances. Upon completion of the reports, the research team presented the findings and practical, tailored recommendations to USAID staff, partners, national government counterparts, project participants, and members of civil society organizations.