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Boosting the contribution of value chain development to gender justice and pro-poor wealth creation: The Gender Action Learning System (GALS)

Rwanda, 24th September - 3rd October 2012

The community-led empowerment methodology Gender Action Learning System (GALS) aims at ‘constructive economic, social and political transformation’ in gender relations .

The GALS adapts visual diagramming tools to enable stakeholders to reflect, analyze and take action with the purpose of reaching gender justice and improving their livelihoods.

With the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), from 2009 and 2011 Oxfam Novib piloted a project for the implementation of GALS for Value Chain Development. The project started with Bukonzo Joint Cooperative and other local organizations in Uganda and was expanded also to Rwanda. Currently in those countries there are seven (7) Oxfam Novib’s partner Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that are adapting the experience of GALS to their own context.

Within this framework, the PROCASUR Corporation implemented two parallel Learning Routes titled: “Boosting the Contribution of Value Chain Development (VCD) to Gender Justice and Pro-Poor Wealth Creation: the Gender Action Learning System (GALS).”

A Learning Route is a continuous process of training in the field organized thematically around successful experiences, case studies and good practices on innovative rural and local development in which local actors themselves become trainers.

The main objective of the learning route is to analyze and reflect on experiences with GALS as a gender transformative empowerment methodology at different stages of integration in livelihoods development interventions, in order to plan its further replication in value chains, at a larger scale or in other programmes.

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