FHI 360 Gender Integration Framework: How to Integrate Gender in Every Aspect of Our Work
This framework offers guidance for how FHI 360’s research and programs can systematically identify and challenge gender-based inequalities that pose barriers to development. Integrating gender considerations (hereafter referred to as gender integration) into the planning, design, implementation and measurement of FHI 360’s research and programs and promoting the utilization of gender-related findings and evidence-based practices will maximize FHI 360’s contributions to development goals, including gender equality.
Given the change the organization is undertaking, this framework is conceived as a living document. It was created in 2011 from our historical perspective as a tool for integrating gender concerns in health-oriented programs, and has been updated in 2012 to reflect more of the expanded organization’s areas of technical expertise. The organization’s ongoing transformation will likely require that the framework adapt to reflect an approach to gender integration that is increasingly more comprehensive, evidence-based and more effective in increasing gender equality everywhere we work.
The specific objectives of this framework are to:
- build a common understanding of the fundamental role that gender plays in hindering or fostering development progress in all of FHI 360’s technical domains
- provide guidance on integrating gender, including gender analysis, into the entire project cycle to produce gender-aware and transformative projects
- foster commitment to gender integration at all levels of the organization and translate this commitment into practice
- position FHI 360 as a technical leader in advancing gender equality through our multisectoral development work