Banyan Global is implementing the Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) II Task Order, which provides on-demand, rapid-response, short-term technical assistance (STTA) to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions and Bureaus across multiple sectors and in crisis and non-crisis settings.
Under GITA II, Banyan Global partnered with USAID/Madagascar to conduct a gender analysis to inform the mission’s FY2020-2025 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). Using Banyan Global’s tested gender analysis research tools, a four-person research team identified advances, gaps, and opportunities on gender equality and women’s empowerment within USAID/Madagascar’s priority development objectives (DOs). The DOs for USAID/Madagascar’s next CDCS include: 1) Improved human capacity to contribute to the country’s journey to self-reliance; 2) Government accountability and effectiveness improved to mitigate cyclical political instability; and, 3) More sustainable economic opportunities are available for poor populations (primarily within the agricultural and environmental sectors). The gender analysis presents findings and recommendations on several cross-cutting themes within each development objective, including on gender-based violence and the private sector’s role in life-improvement for women and girls. The research also provided inputs on gender equality for the mission’s health, population, and nutrition project appraisal document in alignment with the new CDCS.