GAYA Capacity Strengthening Activities

GAYA’s capacity strengthening approach works to improve implementer capacity and practice for the integration of gender and youth for food and nutrition security programming.

A community mothers group holds up fresh maize from their community garden in Zomba District, Malawi
Jonathan Hyams / Save the Children

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The Gender and Youth Activity works to improve implementer capacity and practice for the integration of gender and youth for food and nutrition security programming. GAYA’s capacity strengthening activities are grounded in a human-centered design (HCD) approach. GAYA focuses on the needs and inputs of implementing partners (IPs) as the primary audience and will apply HCD methods to develop, prototype, and refine events and products for learning events. IP feedback is essential to iterate and improve these tools and make them practical and operational.

GAYA will use the following Core Learning Modalities to facilitate peer learning and capacity strengthening:

  • Learning streams: Priority topic areas that will be defined annually, based on stakeholder consultations.
  • Knowledge groups: Time-bound issue-focused peer learning groups formed and facilitated to address critical subtopics within learning streams.
  • Peer communities/peer support groups: Peer-to-peer learning platforms that gather IP staff with similar roles across programs to share experiences and resources. 
  • Learning series: Targeted groups of events and/or products developed by GAYA to address critical priorities, such as rapid gender and youth analysis or Positive Youth Development integration.

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