The women of Bangladesh are using their heads

Stephen Hall -

Women dry small fish in Bangladesh. Photo by Finn Thilsted, 2012.

Visiting the field to see the work of WorldFish and its partners is one of the great privileges of my job. The chance to talk with farmers and learn how they are using the training and technologies we and our partners provide never fails to energise me. It invariably also provides a few surprises: on my recent trip to Bangladesh I was amazed to learn how profound a difference incredibly simple changes can make.

“She’s just the cleaning lady”: Reflecting on gender norms

Miranda Morgan -

Woman carrying home vegetables in Khulna, Bangladesh.

I had just arrived at our training venue in Dhaka and watched as the manager stood at the top of the stairs, screaming orders at the woman rushing around to help me. When I expressed my distaste for his behavior, he smiled and said, “Don’t worry. She’s just the cleaning lady”.

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.