News: Chemonics Releases SHEA Prevention and Response Toolkit

Chemonics has launched a Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse (SHEA) Prevention and Response Toolkit to help the development community protect people from sexual assault and to engage organizations in working and learning together to share best practice and important lessons in SHEA. The free, open-access toolkit provides organizations with a step-by-step guide on how to…

Measuring Community Norms Around Women’s Empowerment in the West Bank: Opportunities and Challenges of a Novel Approach Using Cultural Consensus

Understanding cultural norms is essential to achieving results in development interventions and preventing interventions from causing unintended negative consequences. However, capturing norms within everyday contexts in ways that can be monitored and evaluated can be expensive and time consuming and is not always feasible. We tested a novel method, the cultural consensus analysis (CCA), in…

How USAID’s Solicitations and Resulting Awards Include Underrepresented Groups

The paper’s background section explains why the study focused on these four social groups and explores the diversity that exists across and within them. In addition, the paper examines whether it is effective to use the phrase “vulnerable groups” to refer to the collection of social groups that programming is intended to include. The paper…

Making the Future Accessible: Safeguarding Women with Disabilities in the Workplace

Girls and women with disabilities experience up to 10 times more gender-based violence than those without disabilities (United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) global study). This can include physical or sexual violence, often perpetrated by family members or neighbors who know they are alone at home. To compound the situation further, women with disabilities have a…

The Problem with the Phrase ‘And Other Vulnerable Groups’

This post originally appeared on Devex. Have you ever heard the phrase, “women, youth, and other vulnerable groups” in a development context? If the answer is yes, you probably recognize that this phrase is common across development programs. Usually, it is used to show that we’re advocating for the needs of communities that are most…

News: Chemonics Announces New Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Director Albert E. Smith Jr.

Chemonics International welcomes Albert E. Smith Jr. as director of corporate diversity and inclusion. Mr. Smith brings 15 years of experience leading medium-to-large inclusive change management initiatives in the federal government, non-profit, and private sectors to Chemonics. Most recently, Mr. Smith worked at Cook Ross, where he engaged with executives, leaders, and individual contributors at…

Beginning the D&I Journey: 5 Questions to Ask

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Execute a few simple steps. Do it again and again and … poof, success! While this formulaic approach may work for some organizational processes, the path toward a successful diversity and inclusion (D&I) program for your workplace can be nonlinear and messy. For those of us who have worked in this arena,…

Methodologies to Promote Gender-Responsive Climate Resilience

This post originally appeared on Climatelinks. Work is underway to identify areas where climate vulnerability, fragility and gender inequality overlap. Using desk research and technical mapping of these points of overlap around the world, the USAID-funded program Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), is identifying countries most affected by this triple nexus. At the May Adaptation Community Meeting,…

A First Economic Step toward Gender Equality

In 2017, women around the world made up 47 percent of the formal workforce but only earned, on average, 77 percent of men’s earnings. These figures are critical in understanding the staggering inequalities present in the global workforce and the need to address gender inequality through an economic lens. Gender equity and economic empowerment are…