May 31
CP Bookshelf

CP School: Why We Make the Time to Read, Reflect, and Learn

International development organizations and institutions have worked hard to cultivate a spirit of learning, creating new policies to support that goal. Sets of practices such as Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) have formalized the learning taking place within organizations, not only encouraging learning but […] Continue reading

Apr 23
Global Communities, USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana project

CP Awarded New Contracts from Global Communities, International Development Research Centre, and Others

 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for Cultural Practice, LLC, with new contracts from International Development Research Centre, Global Communities, Mercy Corps, and Winrock International. Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) started a new activity in February under a subcontract with Global Communities for the Resilience in Northern Ghana Project […] Continue reading

Apr 02
Rondalla practice. Credit: Agnes Quisumbing

How Learning to Play the Bandurria Made Me a Better Social Scientist

Very recently, I told my colleagues in my day job that I couldn’t work on a proposal over the weekend because I would be rehearsing and performing with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla. In my day job, I am a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in […] Continue reading

Mar 22
Women in Water Tanzania

Women, Water, and Nature-based Solutions

3.6 billion people now live in areas that can experience a month or more of water scarcity annually. The authors of the 2018 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report warn that the figure could increase to almost 6 billion people by 2050. The report, launched this week during […] Continue reading

Mar 08
Women with a Farmer Producer Organization in India

5 paths to SDG 5: breaking down barriers to women’s empowerment

Today is the 2018 International Women’s Day. Its theme, from the United Nations, is Time is NOW: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. On this day we acknowledge and support activists and their work, and re-energize efforts to reach the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 5: “To […] Continue reading

Feb 26
Agricultural Extension: Women at market in Ghana

Gender-inclusive, market-oriented extension: where do we go from here?

This blog was originally posted on the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Community of Practice website.  Ten years ago, the global food price crisis dramatically highlighted how food systems are dynamically interconnected. The crisis also revealed how serious gender disparities can exacerbate the precariousness of women farmers who face economic, social, […] Continue reading

Feb 14

To Be or Not to Be?

I did it. For years I’ve been saying I would do it but just hadn’t. And then I decided to take the plunge and I’m wondering why I did it at all. This is a story about my big con – what I did, why I did it, and what […] Continue reading

Feb 09
Gender-Responsive research Bangladesh

Doritos and Gender-Responsive Research

If you spend much time on social media, especially Twitter, you’ve probably heard about the “Lady Doritos” controversy. NPR reported on an interview Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, had with Freakonomics, where she spoke about designing snacks for women since women might not want to “crunch too loudly in […] Continue reading

Jan 30
A farmer's field in Niger

Digital Tools Near the Last Mile

This post originally appeared on Agrilinks.  “I used to think that the computers were something that only the people in offices used. They were not something that farmers could use. But these tools are important [for us] because they help the farmers understand the size of their plots.” On a […] Continue reading

Dec 22
Ending gender-based violence workshop

A Participatory Process to Confront Gender-Based Violence

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, held annually from November 25th to December 10th, people around the globe discuss how to stop violence against women and girls. GBV also affects men and boys, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. GBV is a perverse abuse […] Continue reading

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