IFPRI Gender Brown Bag: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD): Can Capacity Building Be Measured?

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The IFPRI Gender Task Force invites you to a Gender Brown Bag with:


African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD): Can Capacity Building Be Measured?

Presented by:

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenburg, Ph.D.,Director, AWARD

Apollo Nkwake, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, AWARD

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

12:30pm – 1:30pm

IFPRI, Conference Room 6A

Instructions for joining virtually are available at the end of this message.

Only one in four agricultural researchers in Africa is female, and worse, only one in seven leadership positions in African agricultural research institutions are held by women. African women remain underrepresented in the spaces where agricultural research priorities are set, resources allocated, and policy decisions made.

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is empowering a new generation of African women leaders in agricultural research and development using the African Women in Science Empowerment Model (AWSEM). This empowerment framework is based on the literature around capacity building and especially around the expansion of agency. Working with an evidence-informed and adaptive management approach, AWARD has, through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, analyzed the design, implementation performance and progress towards the expected outcomes and long-term impacts of AWSEM. The results are compelling – and sometimes confounding.


 Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Ph.D., Director, AWARD

 Prior to joining AWARD, Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg served as an assistant professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco.  She also founded and served as Executive Director of Akili Dada, an award-winning leadership incubator that invests in high-achieving young women from under-resourced families, who are passionate about driving social change.

She has received widespread recognition for her work investing in women, including being honored as a U.S. White House Champion of Change, named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine, recognized as a Ford Foundation Champion of Democracy, and named one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women Under Age 40.

Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg earned a PhD and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Politics from Whitman College, Washington State.


Apollo Nkwake, Ph.D. Senior Manager Monitoring and Evaluation, AWARD

 Prior to joining AWARD, Dr. Nkwake served as a research associate professor for Monitoring & Evaluation at Tulane University.  He has held a Senior M&E Advisor positions at the World Vision United States, University Research Co, and JSI Research and Training Institute.  He has research and M&E field experience with USAID, World Bank, DFID, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Vision programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Dr. Nkwake earned his PhD in social development from the University of Cape Town and holds Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator Designation.  His work focuses on developing and testing theories of change for gender responsive and effective development assistance. He has authored three books and several peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters including: Credibility, Validity, and Assumptions in Program Evaluation Methodology (2015, Springer), Working with Assumptions in International Development Program Evaluation (2013, Springer), and Changing Gender Roles? A Study on Fathers’ Involvement in Childcare (2013, Tate).

Please find previous presentations from the IFPRI gender series on the IFPRI Gender Slideshare.

For more information about gender research at IFPRI, please visit the IFPRI Gender Research webpage: http://www.ifpri.org/topic/gender

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