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Capacity Building Program


The GenderPro Capacity Building Program is a first-of-its-kind course designed to educate international development professionals on the best approaches to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The course consists of about an hour and a half of work per week over about four months and an applied practicum focused on a work deliverable. The total cost of the course is $2500. Payment will be due after acceptance to the course, but before the course begins.


Participants in this applied program will learn to:

  • Conduct a gender analysis of development projects within different country contexts
  • Integrate gender-responsive strategies and interventions
  • Create specific solutions for integrating gender into development programs
  • Work with relvant stakeholders for sustainable results


Core content received by all participants includes:

  • Gender Analysis

  • Gender-integrated Program Design and Implementation 

  • Monitoring and Reporting on gender-integrated programs

  • Advocacy for gender-integrated programming


The core content draws on resources, case studies and exercises that are relevant to both practitioners and policymakers. 

Cross-cutting issues, such as violence againist women and girls (VAWG), humanitarian assistance, and ethics in research and practice, will be addressed throughout the program.


Learn more about the application process


"I’ve just completed the Gender Pro course and I’m very satisfied and happy I did so. I would encourage all my development partners and colleagues to, in fact, strengthen their gender skills in programming. I do believe that we will not be able as a collective community to achieve any of our SDGs by 2030 if we do not properly address gender inequality, unequal gender and power dynamics and social norms. So I think it is very much applicable to all sectors in the development areas and I encourage all my colleagues to sharpen their skills and be bold about it."

Rocio Aznar

Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Headquarters


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The first cohort of participants began their 14-week online program on Monday, April 1, 2019, and completed the program on Friday, July 5, 2019. That cohort joined their peers on-campus at GW in July 2019 for in-person learning.

The second cohort of participants began their 14-week online program on Monday, September 16, 2019, and completed the program on Friday, December 20, 2019. That cohort joined their peers in January 2020 for three days of in-person learning.

The third cohort is expected to run from June 2020 through September 2020 and will not have an in-person component as we work towards increasing accessibility and lowering costs.