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Our Mission 

Our mission is to employ an integrated, multi-sectoral approach that links health with education, rule of law, and agriculture to improve outcomes and achieve sustained development, leading to better, healthier lives for women and men, and girls and boys.

Our Vision

Capable Individuals Reaching Further.

Our Approach

  • Gender Integration: Equality, Empowerment, and Inclusion: WI-HER sees gender as all societal roles and expectations that influence access to services, entrée’s to opportunities, and equal treatment under law and in practice. WI-HER is committed to the rights of all peoples, in discriminant of sex, race, religion, sexuality, economic level, or disability; and we give voice to those most marginalized.
    Through our work in Gender, WI-HER promotes protected individuals, healthy families, prosperous communities, democratic societies. Gender is a cross-cutting thematic area that directly affects development outcomes and is intrinsically linked to national security and economic self-reliance. WI-HER integrates gender into development strategies through contextualized, adaptable, and systems strengthening methods that can be seamlessly integrated into ongoing and new programs while maximizing benefits. Our innovative and systematic approach, iDARE, is based on the science of improvement, and utilizes tested tools at government, organizational, and community levels. Across all levels and sectors, WI-HER uses iDARE’s holistic approach to transform societal norms and promote gender equality and social equity. Through iDARE, WI-HER leverages local solutions and government leadership to institutionalize gender integration and social inclusion as part of a resilient social and political foundation.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Research : WI-HER staff has deep expertise in analysis, evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, and M&E. Our staff leads project, performance and impact evaluations for USAID and other donors and has developed reliable approaches to train, guide, and supervise its evaluation teams.
    We build the capacity in partners and constituents to carry out community assessments, desk research, and monitoring and evaluation so that evidence and learning will inform continual improvement and growth in their own programs. (See some of WI-HER’s capacity building support in MEL) Our tools and guidelines for data collection, documentation, assessment, and reporting empower colleagues and stakeholders to assess, identify, address, monitor, evaluate, and achieve evidence-based solutions that last. We use best practices and technologies for quantitative and qualitiative assessments, project and performance evaluations and research, while developing our own innovative approaches, such as WI-HER iDARE methodology and its LASSR Tool (Landscaping Analysis for Sector-Specific Self-Reliance) that reflect our seasoned experience in implementation science across all global regions. For recent publications, reports, research, and assessments, please visit our Research & Publications page.
  • Economic Empowerment : WI-HER knows that economic empowerment strengthens the individual, supports the family, and improves the prosperity of communities. Economic empowerment opens avenues to nutrition, health, education, and security and allows women and men to demand equal rights, to exercise agency, and to achieve self-reliance. When addressing economic empowerment, WI-HER starts with the family, where sustainable shifts can be made in perceptions of women’s roles as economic contributors and partners’ and families’ responsibilities in sharing labors at home. We engage men and women in collaboratively to challenge harmful norms that directly or indirectly impede women from contributing to the welfare and prosperity of their communities. WI-HER also recognizes the need to address economic empowerment at organizational and national levels, promoting the development of enabling and supportive structures, policies, and frameworks to enable women and men to contribute to overall economic growth. We use evidence, generated through custom metrics that demonstrate women’s contributions to organizational achievement, and advocacy to link women’s empowerment to social development and economic growth. WI-HER applies its innovative iDARE methodology to economic empowerment, ensuring global evidence is translated to local contexts and promoting country ownership to measure and monitor women’s inclusion in and contribution to economic prosperity.
  • Capacity Development : We employ country-led adaptive learning techniques that strengthen our partners’ capacities and enable institutionalization at all levels.
    Key to ensuring that programmatic gains are maintained effectively and sustainably, we develop the capacity to lead on-going change from initial assessment to designing evidence-based solutions and monitoring advancements. We co-create, shadow, twin, mentor, coach, and teach through an holistic approach that links capacity development and leadership building at community level to governance strengthening and sensitization at government and institutional level. As part of that process we help our local counterparts to construct mechanism and practices that will nudge them forward in continued collaborative learning through communities of practice, collaborative performance reviews, peer-to-peer support groups, and cross-sector working groups. We harmonize all our capacity building efforts to achieve dynamic change that is transparent, responsive, accountable and self-reliant.
  • Knowledge Management (KM) and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) :
    WI-HER believes that understanding and learning begin with individuals and expands through trusting environments, open communication, and shared experiences. WI-HER empowers staff and local partners to create, share, and apply knowledge – person-to-person, organization-to-organization, and country to country.
    Wi-HER creates spaces for knowledge sharing and builds capacity for constructive dialogue and discovery of the similarities across diverse individuals and population groups. We use a variety of knowledge transfer techniques such as storytelling, knowledge cafes, harvest meetings, after action reviews, and scheduled ‘pause-and-reflect’ sessions that bring people together, gives them time to build rapport, and constructs linkages for collaboration and continued cross-learning.
    WI-HER’s approach, which incorporates Nancy Dixon’s simple rules of knowledge management, shift the focus from knowledge transfer from one “expert” to others in a one-way flow, to experience sharing between peers with similar experiences. WI-HER adapts Dixon’s simple rules to create knowledge sharing through dynamic interchange. WI-HER knows that learning is iterative, so we help our constituents and stakeholders develop communication practices that enable them to pass knowledge from one circle to the next.
    Knowledge sharing is only useful when learning is applied. WI-HER helps countries, organizations, and groups to develop a culture of learning and improvement. We incorporate objectives with each responsibility and link learning questions to each objective. Then we co-create tools and processes for exploring questions, measuring objectives, and using information gathered to inform changes and adapt processes. WI-HER facilitates the transformation of new practices and processes into habits that show measurable results. We teach individuals and teams to learn, pivot, and adapt; and then help shape an institutional environment committed and capable to nudge continual change and reward progress. WI-HER create multiple avenues of knowledge sharing to put faces and experiences behind theories and evidence so that individuals and groups can integrate new knowledge into action and apply broadened understanding to better decision-making.