Advanced Certificate Course on Gender & Development – (1st July – 30th July 2021)

Course Description

The course seeks to examine how gendered identities are formed and re-shaped as a result of the development process – and responsive approaches in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. It will equally explore how gender and development relate to other categories of social identity and difference, such as race, ethnicity, economic and social standing, urban or rural life, etc. The course will explore activities such as: gender-awareness and self-awareness for women and men; gender roles and needs; gender-sensitive appraisal (gender-friendly participatory appraisal (PRA)) and planning; gender research methodologies; gender and major global issues such as environment, culture and economic crisis; working with counterparts on gender issues; gender and development; and strategies for change. Further, attempts will be made on strategies to mainstreaming gender in the public sector and civil society organizations.

However, at the end of the course participants will be better equipped with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand gender issues in both contexts, enabling them to participate effectively in gender and development-related research, policy-making and implementation.


1. To expand the participants’ understanding of the concepts of “development” and “gender and Development”.

2. To sensitize participants to the importance of developing a clear gender-friendly vision and mission that will serve as guiding principles for their organization.

3. To enhance participants’ skill levels for implementing gender-sensitive participatory techniques in project planning

4. To identify how facilitators can use selected strengths of participatory training, the experiential training cycle and adult training to increase the gender-responsiveness of training.

5. To equip participants to develop a comprehensive Training Plan for doing gender Training of Public Sector officers.


Participants will be equipped to with sufficient knowledge and expertise to participate in national discussion on SDGs and to systematically implement project or conduct research/inquiry on gender issues. It will further create a better understanding of gender concepts and ability to integrate gender issues with development projects. Enhanced capacities (skills, attitudes and behaviours) of PRA practitioners/facilitators and development workers to integrate gender into participatory rural appraisals in communities.


Class Format

The course requirements are that you attempt every module/session and do the required readings. You should be able to offer some insights on all the required readings in the course of the class discussion, but you will not be graded on your participation. You are also required to write assignments at the end of each module during the course of the training. These can be on either required or supplementary readings. These will be graded. Your assignments will count for 70% of your grade.

Written Assignments

You are also required to write assignments at the end of each module. The number of assignment varies depending on the content of the module.

It may take the form of a course discussion, a case study, or a research note (e.g., analysis of secondary data). The topic for discussion will always be given where this is required. We will accept incomplete assignments until December 11th, 2016, without penalty. We will not accept assignments after that date and will assign a failing grade for the assignment. Participants may take the course pass/fail, but must do all the assignments and receive an overall grade of “B” or better to receive a passing grade.

Type of Exam:

This is for Grading Participants Performance: Critical review essays (30%).


At the end of the course all participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Those that were unable to complete the course will join another session of the course later in the year.

Course Curriculum


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