Gender & Development


The SPECTRAs is committed to highlighting the essential role of women in the development process and to facilitating their participation. Research and experience have shown that considering gender considerations in planning economic and social interventions greatly increases the probability of their success. In most countries and communities, gender determines both domestic and productive roles. Women generally have responsibilities for both, but their ability to contribute to society is constrained by social, cultural and political traditions. Compared to men, they tend to be less educated, more limited in their options and paid less.

Yet women manage households, raise children, pass knowledge to the next generation, lend livestock, grew, and process crops and often run businesses to supplement family income.

Families and communities benefit exponentially when women reap greater rewards for their own efforts and labor. Once sustenance needs are covered, women quickly address the health and education needs of other generations. To raise the competence and confidence of women – and, correspondingly, to open the thinking of men-is a long term commitment of the SPECTRAs. In addition to supporting research and action aimed at making women’s participation a reality, the SPECTRAs support women with village credit schemes, training in forestry, masonry , crop and livestock management accounting and marketing. It encourages education and careers for women.

It looks for ways to engage with men around the attitudinal and structural changes that flow from programmesthat benefit women.