Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality: Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract

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ADVANTAGE helped strengthen USAID’s capacity to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment systematically across its programs, monitoring and evaluation, and procurement by providing expertise for gender-integration.

Cardno supported efforts to eliminate violence against women through Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE), a USAID indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. 

Our experienced infrastructure and environment team wrote Building a Safer World: Toolkit for Integrating GBV Prevention and Response into USAID Energy and Infrastructure Projects. Partnering with USAID, we led the technical research, writing and overall development of the toolkit, seamlessly bridging the gap between engineers and gender experts. 

The toolkit provided a valuable resource for USAID project teams to design energy and infrastructure projects that take into account the needs of all groups, resulting in less gender-based violence (GBV) in the workplace, more empowered women and a safer world.

USAID promotes gender equality and attempts to bring about conditions that enable women and men to have equal opportunities to: benefit from and contribute to economic, social, cultural and political development; enjoy socially valued resources and rewards; and realize their human rights.

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This means:

  • ensuring that programs seek to eliminate gaps between the status of men and women.
  • ensuring that the different roles, responsibilities and expertise of women and men are reflected in the design, implementation and evaluation of activities.
  • ensuring that women and men are equal partners in program consultation, planning, design, implementation and evaluation.
  • leveraging the expertise and leadership skills of women and girls.

Cardno, as a subcontractor, provided assistance in: 

  • enterprise development and livelihoods
  • private-sector engagement for banking and agriculture
  • physical, economic and social infrastructure
  • working in transitional settings.