WI-HER LLC (Women Influencing Health, Education, and Rule of Law) is a woman-owned small business delivering expert and state-of-the-art practical and workable solutions to complex problems. Staff have extensive knowledge and understanding of public health issues and emerging development needs globally. In addition to gender integration, leadership and management, staff have experience in professional and institutional capacity building and systems strengthening, building information systems for health and rule of law, health and legal sector reform, cultivating public-private partnerships, health financing, grants management, project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, and service delivery. Staff have experience working for USAID, UN, the World Bank, and the private sector, directly and as implementing partners. WI-HER has field experience in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Staff have extensive experience working with women and youth, orphans and vulnerable children, hard-to-reach groups, and those in areas of conflict.
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.
Capable Individuals Reaching Further.
- Gender Integration : Gender is a cross-cutting thematic area that directly affects development programs and is intrinsically linked to achieving project aims. We promote gender integration 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 utilizes the science of improvement to address gender and promote positive changes in discriminatory social norms and practices. WI-HER promotes the institutionalization of gender integration and social inclusion as part of a resilient social and political foundation through locally-developed solutions, improved country leadership, and an expanded cross-sector partner base.
- 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 monitor and evaluate their own programs so that evidence and learning inform continual improvement and growth. 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 evaluation and research, while developing our own innovative approaches that reflect our seasoned experience in implementation science across all global regions.
- Capacity Building : We employ country-led, systems strengthening, and adaptive learning techniques that strengthen our partners’ capacity and enable institutionalization at all levels. Understanding that our local partners serve as voices and gatekeepers for their communities, we believe in building local rapport to help us facilitate gender-related improvements. Key to ensuring that programmatic gains are maintained effectively and sustainably, we work to formalize gender-related improvements institutionally while conducting local partner capacity building trainings to enshrine localized leadership. Our emphasis on institutionalizing gender signals to local partners, development practitioners, and healthcare providers that gender is a central to achieving project aims.
- Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) : Wi-HER spreads knowledge and expands learning person to person, organization to organization, and country to country. WI-HER believes that understanding and learning begins with individuals and is most effectively disseminated through trusting environments, open communication, and shared experiences among people. Therefore, Wi-HER creates spaces for knowledge sharing and builds capacity for constructive dialogue and discovery of the similarities across diverse individuals and population groups. WI-HER uses knowledge transfer techniques such as storytelling, knowledge cafes, harvest meetings, and after action reviews 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 these simple rules to bring the findings from reports, technical reviews, and publications to life through dynamic interchange. WI-HER knows that learning is iterative, so we help our constituents and stakeholders develop communication practices that enables them to pass knowledge from one circle to the next. We 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 decision-making.