International Development

Sep 06

Accessibility and Inclusion for People with Disabilities in International Development

Diverse opinions, preferences, and needs are a critical component of international development work, but it is often perceived as difficult to include underrepresented voices. Consider how much more difficult if there are barriers to communicating or attending meetings, as is often the case for people with disabilities. An estimated 1 […] Continue reading

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 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

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

Jun 13

Guide to Participatory Evaluation Methods: Most Significant Change and PhotoVoice

This past year Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) evaluated three Lutheran World Relief (LWR) projects in India, Uganda and Nicaragua. These three projects were pilots for the Learning for Gender Initiative (LGI) and focused on raising agriculture production and reducing gender gaps. CP led an evaluation of these pilot projects using […] Continue reading

Feb 07

Putting On (and Taking Off) Your Gender Lens

I have always been bothered by how we talk about adopting a gender perspective or using a gender lens. The language does not suggest the permanency I would like. We can take off those glasses. We can change our perspective. And of course, if you haven’t had metaphorical Lasik surgery, […] Continue reading

Apr 07

‘Hands-on’ Learning through the CP Practicum Experience

Completing semester-long practicums with Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) two SIT Graduate Institute Master’s candidates, Christelle Domerçant and Daniel Morris, accomplished what at first might have seemed like unsurmountable tasks.  Working with CP supervisors who steered them along their learning pathways both Domerçant and Morris honed their technical skills in monitoring […] Continue reading

Oct 20

Guiding your Gender Integration Process: Helping you get where you want to go

In recent years donors have required organizations to demonstrate their commitment, approach, and capacity to address differences and inequalities between men, women, boys, and girls in their programs. This shift has motivated some organizations to take a closer look at their projects and workplace dynamics to assess their level of […] Continue reading

Sep 30

Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan’s international trade practice, asked three panelists to share their views on […] Continue reading

Aug 03

I want to change culture.

“What good does it do to feed a parrot golden nuggets if it beats its wings against a cage? We want to free ourselves from our cage.” Woman entrepreneur, Hazaribag district, Jharkand, India For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out how to write this blog. At first I thought […] Continue reading