Gender Equity, Disability, and Social Inclusion

Tetra Tech brings a unique perspective to gender equity, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) programming by leveraging relationships with local partners, institutions, the private sector, and within the Tetra Tech network to develop holistic, inclusive, and intersectoral approaches to our work.

The global community recognizes the need for greater economic, social, gender, and environmental justice and equity. Despite significant progress, we continue to see the disproportionate distribution of resources, decision-making power, educational and economic opportunities, particularly at the expense of women and girls; non-binary individuals; Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); people with disabilities; and groups experiencing marginalization due to contextual socioeconomic factors. To remedy this imbalance, Tetra Tech integrates, embeds, and prioritizes gender equity, diversity, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) principles and practices into every project we implement.

Tetra Tech’s in-house team of GEDSI specialists support governments and communities with implementing changes to policies, laws, and practices and raise public awareness about issues affecting women, girls, and marginalized groups. Tetra Tech employs context-specific, interdisciplinary approaches in project design, delivery, and evaluation. We promote increased access to and control over services, resources, justice, and education, enabling all populations to achieve their full potential.

We work with clients to integrate GEDSI into all programs. We help develop data-driven GEDSI policies and strategies; improve training and support for local gender and social inclusion advisers; work with technical specialists to include GEDSI in monitoring and evaluation frameworks and theories of change; and undertake research and analysis to ensure GEDSI issues are adequately and effectively captured during project design, implementation, and reporting. Because women and youth are particularly impacted by conflict, climate change, and pandemics such as COVID-19, we use vulnerability analyses and do-not-harm approaches and tools in all our projects to support inclusion and equity. Using internationally recognized best practices and GEDSI approaches, we engage and promote male champions in these efforts.

Our teams specialize in developing innovative solutions to effectively address intersectionality across GEDSI issues, with expertise in:

Policy and Institutional Strengthening

  • GEDSI budgeting and gender audits
  • GEDSI policy development and implementation
  • Equitable economic empowerment, job creation, and workforce development
  • Gender-based and intimate partner violence and sexual harassment training, awareness raising, and improved service provision
  • Social inclusion and indigenous peoples policies, training, awareness raising, and program design

Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  • Gender and social inclusion assessment and analysis
  • GEDSI strategy design and development
  • Gender mainstreaming, integration strategies, and frameworks
  • Social behavior change and gender norms change
  • Portfolio monitoring, evaluation, and review
  • GEDSI learning agenda development and implementation

Education and Training

  • Leadership and organizational change management
  • Gender equity, diversity, and social inclusion
  • Capacity building to safeguard gender, peace and security, and conflict-sensitive changes

Cross-cutting areas of expertise

  • LGBTQI+ and disability inclusion promotion through programming
  • Women in government and civil society and women’s rights programming
  • Women’s economic empowerment
  • Gender-based violence prevention and programming
  • Gender and private sector engagement and gender-lens investing
  • Gender and technology
  • Gender and land and natural resource rights
  • Gender and value chains
  • Gender and conflict
  • Gender and climate change

At Tetra Tech, we recognize that effective development programming is equitable programming. To achieve long-lasting, sustainable outcomes we must listen to, respect, and integrate the diverse needs of women, youth, and marginalized groups into our work, across cultures and contexts, using interdisciplinary and intersectional frameworks and tools.

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