Reflections on Gender Transformative Research

Stephen Hall -

Women harvest rice in the Indian village of Mahadeva. Equal access to key assets could raise total agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent, which could in turn reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12 to 17 percent, or 100 to 150 million people. This “gender gap” has massive implications for poverty reduction and nutrition. Uttar Pradesh, India, 2010. © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

For any organization trying to decide how best to achieve development impact, a good place to start is with a ‘Theory of Change’, or ToC. Formally defined as “a statement of the interconnected causal pathways that describe the types of interventions that bring about desired outcomes” [1], a ToC can be more plainly said to be a description of what you need to do to make a difference.