GAYA Implementing Partner Survey

Learn about GAYA's Survey for Implementing Partners

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Survey on Gender and Youth Integration

Annually, the Gender and Youth Activity (GAYA) conducts a survey of implementers on their gender and youth knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Through participation in this survey, respondents share valuable insights on gender and youth integration challenges and successes. In both 2022 and 2023, over 600 implementers worldwide responded to this survey. GAYA compiles these results to showcase important trends and highlight evidence-based recommendations for implementers.

2023 Survey Results

In July 2023, GAYA conducted its second annual survey on gender and youth integration, which implementers from around the world completed voluntarily (resulting in a non-random, non-representative sample). The dashboards below present the responses of over 600 implementers, showcasing their attitudes, practices, and knowledge related to gender and youth integration.

What can you do with these results? Explore the dashboards by clicking on the arrows below the graphs and share your thoughts on these findings by completing our brief survey here.

  • Use the filters for program type, job role, gender, and country to further explore nuance in the data.
  • These dashboards show the results according to four program types: BHA-funded Resilience Food Security Activities (RFSAs) and emergency programs, as well as individuals that support both RFSAs and emergency programs (labeled as both), and other program types.
  • If a bar graph is empty, it means the filters have excluded all data; remove one or more filters to see more information.
  • Some respondents may have reported their gender as non-binary. To protect their identity in countries where sexual and gender minorities are at risk, GAYA has excluded these respondents from any disaggregated analysis that might create a risk of them being identified.

2022 Survey Results

In August - September 2022, GAYA conducted the first round of the survey, which implementers from around the world completed voluntarily (resulting in a non-random, non-representative sample).

To complement the 600+ implementer survey responses, GAYA conducted key informative interviews and data validation workshops. From this research, GAYA developed the following resources:

  • Evidence-Based Guide to Action: This 11-page brief summarizing key research findings and recommendations for implementers.
  • Formative Research Report: Prepared by an external consultant, this report details the full research methodology, key research findings, and recommendations to drive GAYA’s work. Illustrating Insights.
  • Graphic Recording: GAYA shared three key recommendations with implementers on March 28, 2023 in a webinar that showcased examples of implementers integrating these recommendations into their work. These three recommendations, and the conversations that flowed from them, are presented in a descriptive graphic.
  • Step-by-step: A Roadmap to Gender and Youth Integration in Food Security and Resilience Programs: This resource details the ideal sequence of action implementers should take to integrate gender and youth considerations across program phases. Based on input from implementers around the world, this resource is a collaborative effort to support the implementing community ensure inclusion in their food security programs.
  • Gender Core Competencies and Youth Core Competencies: These documents, and the accompanying self-rating tools, are designed to help Gender and Youth Leads identify any gaps in their technical skill set. Throughout the document, there are links to key resources Gender and Youth Leads can use to help address any identified gaps and strengthen their capacity.

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The Gender and Youth Activity (GAYA) Associate Award works to improve the quality and impact of emergency and non-emergency food security and nutrition activities by addressing barriers and challenges implementing partners face when integrating gender and youth within their work. GAYA’s goal is to reinforce sustainable application of good practices and contribute to the body of evidence on effective integration of gender, youth, and other intersecting identities into food and nutrition security programming in emergency, early recovery, risk reduction, and resilience contexts.

If you have questions you can email The inbox is monitored by the GAYA Program Coordinator with support from the Technical Officer for Research and Learning. It is a channel of GAYA's Community Accountability Reporting Mechanisms (CARM). CARM have been developed in GAYA as part of Mercy Corps’ global commitment to accountability to affected populations and the prevention of all forms of exploitation and abuse. CARM is a channel for any and all community members to provide feedback, suggestions, complaints, and concerns, in a manner that is safe, confidential, transparent, and accessible, enabling Mercy Corps to respond and make any necessary programmatic or safeguarding adaptations and to ensure the safety and security of program participants.


GAYA (Activité Genre et Jeunesse) Associate Award vise à améliorer la qualité et l’impact des activités de sécurité alimentaire et de nutrition d’urgence et non urgentes en s’attaquant aux défis auxquels les partenaires de mise en œuvre sont confrontés lors de l’intégration du genre et de la jeunesse dans leurs activités. L’objectif de GAYA est de promouvoir les bonnes pratiques et de contribuer aux données factuelles sur l’intégration du genre, de la jeunesse et d’autres identités croisées dans les programmes de sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle dans les contextes d’urgence, de redressement rapide, de réduction des risques et de résilience.  

Pour toute question, vous pouvez envoyer un courriel à La boîte de réception est gérée par le coordinateur du programme GAYA avec le soutien du Responsable technique de la recherche et de l’apprentissage. Il s’agit d’un canal des mécanismes de rapport de responsabilité communautaire (CARM) de GAYA. Les CARM ont été développés au sein de GAYA dans le cadre de l’engagement global de Mercy Corps à rendre des comptes aux populations affectées et à prévenir toute forme d’exploitation et d’abus. Le CARM est un canal permettant à tous les membres de la communauté de partager des commentaires, des suggestions, des plaintes et des préoccupations, d’une manière sûre, confidentielle, transparente et accessible, permettant à Mercy Corps de répondre et de faire toutes les adaptations nécessaires en matière de programme ou de sauvegarde et d’assurer la sécurité et l’autonomisation des participants au programme.


El premio asociado a la actividad Género y Juventud (GAYA) trabaja para mejorar la calidad y el impacto de las actividades de seguridad alimentaria y nutrición, tanto de emergencia como de no emergencia, abordando los retos a los que se enfrentan los socios implementadores a la hora de integrar el género y la juventud en su trabajo. El objetivo de GAYA es promover las buenas prácticas y contribuir a la evidencia sobre la integración del género, la juventud y otras intersecciones de identidades en la programación de la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en contextos de emergencia, recuperación temprana, reducción de riesgos y resiliencia.

Si tiene preguntas, puede enviar un correo electrónico a El Coordinador del Programa de GAYA revisa el correo electrónico con el apoyo del Oficial Técnico de Investigación y Aprendizaje. Es un canal de los Mecanismos Comunitarios de Reporte y Rendición de Cuentas (CARM) de GAYA. Los CARM se han desarrollado en GAYA como parte del compromiso global de Mercy Corps con la responsabilidad hacia las poblaciones afectadas y la prevención de todas las formas de explotación y abuso. El CARM es un canal para que cualquier miembro de la comunidad proporcione retroalimentación, sugerencias, quejas y preocupaciones, de una manera segura, confidencial, transparente y accesible, con la finalidad de que Mercy Corps responda y realice cualquier adaptación programática o de seguridad necesaria para garantizar la protección y seguridad de los participantes del programa.


تهدف جائزة الشركاء لنشاط الشباب  والنوع الاجتماعي GAYA الى تحسين جودة وأثر الأمن الغذائي والأنشطة التغذوية في الظروف الطارئة و غير الطارئة  من خلال التعامل مع التحديات التي يواجهها الشركاء المنفذون عند دمج النوع الاجتماعي والشباب في عملهم. تهدف GAYA إلى تعزيز الممارسات الجيدة والمساهمة بتوفيرالأدلة عند دمج النوع الاجتماعي والشباب وغيرها من الهويات المتقاطعة في برامج الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في حالات الطوارئ، والتعافي المبكر، والحد من المخاطر، والسياقات المتعلقة بالمنعة. 

إذا كان لديك أسئلة، يمكنك إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلى  يراقب منسق برنامج GAYA البريد الإلكتروني الوارد بدعم من المسؤول الفني للبحث والتعلم. إنها قناة من آليات الإبلاغ عن المساءلة المجتمعية CARM التابعة ل GAYA.  طورت CARM GAYA كجزء من التزام ميرسي كوربس العالمي بالمساءلة تجاه السكان المتضررين ومنع أشكال الاستغلال والاعتداء. تعد CARM قناة لجميع أفراد المجتمع لتقديم الملاحظات والمقترحات والشكاوى والمخاوف بطريقة آمنة وسرية وشفافة مع سهولة الوصول اليها ا، مما يمكن ميرسي كوربس من الاستجابة وإجراء أي تكيفات برامجية أو حماية ضرورية وضمان سلامة وأمن المشاركين في البرنامج.