Through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, Banyan Global has been tasked with conducting a gender analysis in Burundi. The gender analysis will identify gender issues, inequalities, constraints, and opportunities in Burundi, as well as offer conclusions and recommendations for integrating gender considerations into USAID’s strategic planning and activities. Banyan Global’s findings and recommendations also will guide gender integration into developing the Embassy Bujumbura Integrated Country Strategy; the health project appraisal document; and designs of upcoming health, democracy and governance, and economic growth activities. Banyan Global’s work will support USAID/Burundi’s strategies and programming related to the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, a White House-led initiative to advance women’s access to equal opportunities and protections, particularly in areas of conflict and insecurity.
Banyan Global is a subcontractor on the five-year United States Agency for International Development/President’s Malaria Initiative-funded Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD). Led by The Malaria Consortium, MAPD prevents and controls malaria illnesses and deaths to minimize the social and economic effects of the disease among Uganda’s overall population. On the MAPD project, Banyan Global addresses gender and youth issues related to the access to malaria treatment and prevention services and ensuring that gender and youth considerations are integrated across all program components. Banyan Global will conduct gender and youth analyses and facilitate gender and youth training for project staff and stakeholders to improve awareness and understanding with regard to constraints that prevent women, men, boys, and girls from accessing malaria treatment and prevention services, as well as how such challenges might be addressed. In addition, we will review all current malaria protocols and guidelines for gender and youth inputs and work with the team to develop a behavior change communication strategy and materials that encourage critical thinking amongst men, women, boys, and girls around malaria prevention and treatment. We also will establish girls’ and boys’ clubs in and out of schools to create safe spaces and opportunities for youth—particularly girls—to learn malaria prevention and treatment behaviors and activities. These clubs also will enable youths’ voices to be heard. Banyan Global will hold women’s and youth malaria forums, where we will assemble representatives and stakeholders to share and discuss opportunities, perspectives, and constraints. Banyan Global hopes to play a leadership role in developing and sharing promising approaches and best practices on integrating gender and youth concerns into malaria programming.
Banyan Global is the prime contractor under this Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality task order with United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Middle East Bureau to help USAID mission staff in the Middle East and North Africa to understand how to incorporate gender-based violence (GBV) considerations in its programming work. Banyan Global is implementing this task order in consortium with the International Center for Research on Women. The Banyan Global team is producing regional and country-specific indices on the socioeconomic costs of GBV in USAID presence countries in the region, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza. Indices will be developed based on the findings from rigorous desk research, field research involving in-depth interviews and focus-group discussions, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Banyan Global also will develop training materials and conduct in-depth trainings and technical assistance to USAID missions, civil-society organizations, and host country governments to help integrate countering-GBV programming into multisectoral USAID programming both at the country and regional levels. The countering GBV initiative delineates the best ways to integrate GBV issues into programming involving multiple sectors, focusing on the socioeconomic effects of GBV on women in the region. The tools and trainings that will be developed for this task order require detailed gender analyses that are based on both regional and national perspectives.
Banyan Global is a sub-contractor to Management Sciences for Health on Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening Activity (RHSS), a five year project that provides technical support to Rwandan’s health sector, promoting innovative health reforms and sustainability of past achievements in the following areas: leadership and governance; quality assurance; health financing; and, information systems, and data use and research; and public private partnerships (PPP). Banyan Global’s gender specialist participated in the work planning and reviewed the PPPs, and worked with technical teams to develop comprehensive gender integration action plans to promote project-wide gender integration. Banyan Global also conducted gender integration training for all key staff members and developed a gender policy for the project.
Banyan Global conducted a gender assessment to identify gender and gender constraints within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Haiti portfolio. Banyan Global also provided recommendations on how USAID/Haiti can achieve greater gender integration in its programs. The assessment paid attention to the ways in which USAID/Haiti’s programming has responded to disparities and constraints between women, men, boys, girls, and vulnerable populations. The assessment concentrated on four areas: food and economic security; basic services (health and education); democracy and governance; and water, sanitation, and hygiene, with climate change and disaster risk reduction. The research included a literature review; a quantitative online survey of USAID/Haiti staff that garnered 40 responses; a qualitative research process that included nearly 50 informant interviews with government of Haiti, national and international nongovernmental organizations, USAID, and implementing partner staff; and a 1.5-day stakeholder workshop to share preliminary findings and seek input prior to drafting the report. It also addressed crosscutting themes, including governance and the safety and security of women; girls; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex; and persons with disabilities.
Banyan Global is conducting CGAP-funded research on social norms, gender, and women’s financial inclusion. This qualitative, literature-based study will seek to identify existing literature and programming that explores the social norms that exclude women’s accessing formal financial services. It will summarize this literature and best practices, identifying areas for further research. The study will seek to understand how social norms have been addressed in other development sectors – particularly in health and education – and how this learning can be brought to financial sector development. Specifically, it will seek to identify innovative approaches to social norm change that can facilitate women’s broader access to financial services in developing countries.
Banyan Global was the prime contractor for USAID’s Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) IDIQ task order to conduct a gender analysis of the Civil Works Component for the planned Cap Haïtien Port Rehabilitation and Public Private Partnership Project. The gender analysis assisted USAID/Haiti to identify gender-related needs with a focus on women and other vulnerable groups, including LGBT and persons with disabilities. The gender analysis took place over 8 weeks in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haïtien, which included a thorough literature review, 38 key informant interviews with stakeholders, and 6 focus group discussions with women employees of the National Port Authority, students from schools in neighboring areas, and officials from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The research and interviews conducted for the gender analysis identified a greater need for community engagement, the establishment of gender-responsive hiring policies and working conditions, and training strategies to better recruit female civil works employees. The final gender analysis provided USAID/Haiti with detailed recommendations to design and implement future interventions to offset existing gender-based inequalities around the civil works activities in the port.
Banyan Global’s gender work in the Mali Sub-National Governance Project (SNGP) is part of a larger multi-year project with Tetratech as the prime partner. SNGP advances Mali’s decentralization process by creating and institutionalizing financial and asset-management procedures and containing corruption. It also improves operational efficiency in the management of Mali’s financial resources between Bamako and the regions, ensuring that public funds intended for decentralized services are delivered effectively and transparently. The project will focus on public financial management (PFM) and will focus on creating and institutionalizing effective financial and asset management procedures, containing corruption, and improving overall operational efficiency in the management of Mali’s financial resources between Bamako and the regions, thus ensuring that public funds intended for decentralized services are delivered effectively and transparently.
Specific to gender integration, the project foresees research, activities and recommendations on instituting a one third quota of female public servants and creating regional training, advocacy and campaign programs on gender equality. Our full-time, local gender specialist will facilitate a gender analysis for the project to determine systemic constraints and opportunities for addressing gender inequalities. This study’s findings will be used to design a gender action plan, conduct gender-mainstreaming training for the SNGP team and its partners, and design targeted interventions to bolster the project’s impact to foster gender equality and female empowerment. Banyan Global also will lead all capacity building of local partners supporting the gender-integration action plan.
Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Djibouti, and Uganda, November 2015 – January 2016
Under the Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, this task order’s objective was to assist USAID/Kenya and East Africa in integrating gender considerations into its Regional Development Cooperation Strategy for 2016 through 2020. The gender analysis examined regional and cross-border issues in trade, agriculture, the environment, health, conflict, and governance throughout East Africa. Gender-analysis research methodology included a literature review of more than 40 resources and informant interviews and focus group discussions in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Djibouti, and Uganda. Interview and focus group participants included personnel from USAID missions, as well as implementing partners, regional intergovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, and community-based organizations. The gender-analysis report included practical and evidence-based crosscutting, institutional, and sector-specific recommendations on how to better address gender issues in regional East Africa programming.
Banyan Global is a subcontractor to International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE), a five-year project supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines’ Cities Development Initiative. SURGE fosters developing conditions for broad‐based, inclusive, and resilient economic growth for a critical mass of cities and surrounding areas outside metro Manila. Our full-time, local gender specialist ensures that gender is integrated and mainstreamed throughout the program—including policies and operations—and in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting processes. She is developing tailored capacity-building and support plans to improve municipal governments’ capabilities to address and incorporate gender considerations into policy development, planning, and implementation. For example, Banyan Global’s local gender specialist developed and facilitated multi-day technical trainings on gender and development for Zamboanga and Puerto Princesa city government officials. Banyan Global recently completed leading a project-wide gender analysis that examines USAID ADS 205 gender domains across 6 target cities in the Philippines. Banyan Global will also provide gender integration training to all project staff and implementing partners, with this training then rolled out to partners, cooperators, and key stakeholders in all target cities.
Banyan Global serves as the co-facilitator of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group (WEEWG) for the SEEP Network, a global network of international practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems. The goal of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group is to improve the ability of market systems and other inclusive economic development practitioners to facilitate inclusive, empowering and sustainable services to women across the globe. WEEWG was created to bring together development practitioners committed to sharing good practices, tools and resources to bridge knowledge gaps and push the frontier of learning and practice in this field. Banyan Global co-coordinates working group activities, including webinars, blog posts, information dissemination, and the development of research, resources, and tools on a range of member-led topics related to women’s economic empowerment. For example, Banyan Global recently organized a webinar discussion entitled “Beyond Male Engagement: Creating Male Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment” and is currently designing a webinar on innovations in promoting women’s access to finance. The WEEWG facilitator is serving on a technical advisory committee in the development of a USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework. Banyan Global also assists in the planning and facilitation of the annual SEEP WEEWG Member Day.
The Water and Development Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (WADI) contract is a five-year program with a $1 billion ceiling to provide services and technical support in assisting USAID’s Missions, Bureaus, and Offices worldwide in the implementation of USAID’s Water and Development Strategy. WADI encompasses several cross-cutting services that can be applied to a combination of technical interventions related to water and sanitation under the following broad categories: water resources management; water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH); agriculture and food security; coastal management; environment; economic growth and energy; democracy and governance; innovation, research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E); knowledge management (KM), cooperation and coordination; and engineering services and commodity / equipment procurement and installation. As a subcontractor to Engility, Banyan Global is responsible for leading water finance and gender work.
GEEL is a sole-award, five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a goal of promoting inclusive economic growth in Somalia and with an overall ceiling price of $74 million. The contract addresses multiple constraints to economic growth in Somalia, including lack of financial institutions, issues with business climate and commercial law, lack of demanded work skills, and constraints unique to women and youth. As a sub-contractor to Engility, Banyan Global is leading the design and development of Gender and Youth Empowerment Action Plans (GYEAP) and implementation of gender and youth integration activities. Banyan Global’s full-time international gender and youth expert will oversee a national team integrating youth and gender considerations into all project activities, and together they will develop Youth Engagement and Protection Policies which establish protocols and procedures to ensure safety and prevent exploitation and abuse of youth who participate in project activities. Throughout the duration of the contract, Banyan Global will deliver trainings tailored to Somali gender and cultural norms to all project staff on gender and youth integration tools and techniques, gender- and youth-sensitive facilitation, and integrating gender and youth in M&E processes.
Engility and Banyan Global will be implementing the first task order on increasing competitiveness of agricultural value chains under this IDIQ mechanism. Banyan Global is currently undertaking a participatory project gender analysis in South Central, Somaliland, and Puntland regions of Somalia, examining gender dynamics across four value chains. Banyan Global also implemented a Women In Agribusiness Forum that brought together women business leaders, organizations, business associations, agricultural/farmer groups from across South-Central, Somalia to identify the specific needs of women in business and opportunities and potential solutions to address these needs.
Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (Advantage) IDIQ — Banyan Global is one of three IDIQ holders on USAID’s flagship, global gender program. The purpose of the ADVANTAGE IDIQ is to strengthen USAID’s capacity to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment systematically across USAID’s new and ongoing initiatives; programs and projects; performance monitoring and evaluation efforts; and procurements by providing specialized international and local expertise for discrete gender integration tasks. It is designed to support implementation of the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment (GEFE) Policy by providing gender integration services in four areas: technical assistance; training assistance; outreach and communications; and information and knowledge management. Topics include gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, women’s economic empowerment, women’s leadership, legal rights including property, inheritance and access to justice, women’s employment, women’s role in mitigating climate change and environment stewardship, women and food security, the role of women and girls in conflict mitigation and peace-building, and gender and health, including population and HIV and AIDS.
Banyan Global is a subcontractor to AECOM on the $65 million USAID-funded Southern Africa Trade Hub (Trade Hub) project that works to reduce time and costs of transporting goods across borders, strengthen the competitiveness of agriculture value chains, increase trade and investment in Southern Africa’s textile and apparel sector, and increase the capacity for regulating and enhancing the clean energy sector. Banyan Global leads the project’s gender integration efforts. Our Gender Advisor provides on-going support to each project team in work plan development and implementation, and designed and delivered foundational gender integration trainings for staff, USAID, and project partners. Banyan Global also completed a Gender Audit to monitor progress made in mainstreaming gender within the program. Banyan Global designed and delivered regional Persuasive Communications and Negotiations training for female entrepreneurs and business-owners in Zambia, Namibia, and Botswana. The training offered women entrepreneurs dedicated coaching and capacity building on impact and delivery styles, visual and verbal presentation techniques, goal and audience, confidence and assertiveness, negotiation, persuasion, credibility and trust, as well as discussions on how culture and gender influence communication.
In 2015, Banyan Global designed and conducted three gender analyses in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. Gender analyses examined value chains to systematically gather information on gender differences to identify and understand the different roles; divisions of labor, resources, constraints, needs, and opportunities/capacities; and, interests of men and women in the agriculture sector and specific value chains. Gender analysis findings were then used to develop a set of more nuanced gender sensitive interventions, including tailored, country-specific gender integration training for local project partners. In addition, Banyan Global developed a chapter on gender integration and women’s inclusion in the Government of Swaziland’s Renewable Energy and Independent Power Producer Policy. Banyan Global also led a gender assessment on women informal cross border traders (ICBTs) in Southern Africa. The final report entitled, “Women Informal Cross-Border Traders in Southern Africa: Contributions, Constraints, and Opportunities” examines the constraints, challenges, and opportunities experienced by women ICBTs in doing business and interacting with officials at border crossings. across the region to examine constraints experienced by women informal cross border traders, including gender-based violence and harassment.