Gender Leadership, Equity, and Advancement for Development (LEAD)






Gender integration remains a challenge for Bureaus across USAID. An assessment of the implementation of USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy recommended that Agency capacity be strengthened in understanding the policy requirements, conducting gender analyses and incorporating results into Agency planning documents, integrating gender in solicitations, conducting gender-sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation, and disseminating best practices and lessons learned within the Agency.


The Gender LEAD Task Order will enable USAID Washington Bureaus and overseas Missions to strengthen and substantially expand support for integrating gender into USAID’s work. Making Cents, as a subcontractor to ECODIT, supports the provision of collaborative, multi-sectoral gender integration technical assistance; the promotion of thought leadership through the development of knowledge products and learning opportunities to strengthen USAID’s programming and processes to achieve gender equality and prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV), specifically improving USAID’s capability to understand and incorporate gender into the economic growth sector; and the building of connectivity and enhancing knowledge sharing platforms for USAID and external stakeholders.

In LEAD’s first year, Making Cents is supporting gender analyses for USAID Missions in Guatemala, Haiti, the Kyrgyz Republic, Senegal, West Bank/Gaza, and Zambia, with the goal of eventually establishing regional technical assistance hubs and building out a diverse global network of gender experts for USAID. Making Cents will also lead the promotion and utilization of existing tools and resources related to various forms of GBV, support the integration of GBV into gender analyses, and develop learning products on social norms, gender norms; child, early, and forced marriage and unions (CEFMU); and female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C).