GREAT courses are tailored to specific agriculture disciplines and value chains, offering gender training linked to practice in agricultural research, targeted to research communities. The courses are designed to balance the depth of theory needed to internalize concepts with practical tools to apply in ongoing projects. GREAT aims to equip research teams with tools and skills to act, and move beyond “gender sensitization”.

Course Objectives

GREAT courses cover the following learning objectives:

  1. Able to articulate the concepts and principles of gender responsive research
  2. Demonstrated positive practice and value for gender-responsive research
  3. Able to conceptualise, design and plan appropriate gender-responsive research
  4. Able to collect, analyze, interpret and integrate qualitative and quantitative sex disaggregated data 
  5. Communicate gender-responsive research to a range of audiences

GREAT's Blended-Learning Model

GREAT uses a blended model of two face-to-face courses with field work and e-mentoring and learning in between, structured in three parts:

  1. Week 1 (face-to-face training at Makerere University): an introductory module on general theory and concepts of gender-responsiveness and applied instruction on qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis approaches 
  2. Practice (field application): four to six months of practice with collection of qualitative and quantitative sex-disaggregated data from ongoing projects, supported by e-learning and e-mentoring
  3. Week 2 (face-to-face training at Makerere Universiy): a data analysis, interpretation, and feedback/advocacy module

Researchers will attend GREAT courses in project teams from their respective African research institutions. 

After completing their training, GREAT participants will “put the evidence to work” at events in their home countries to influence policymakers to support gender-responsive policies and practices.

What's Included

GREAT courses provide a comprehensive package combining in-depth training in three phases (two intensive in-person training modules, separated by a 4 to 5-month field research phase), mentorship, and a cohort-based model. This unique and holistic approach equips research teams to incorporate gender-responsive and community-centered research into their projects, and connects research teams to a broader community of practice and professional network, enabling them to continue their professional growth after the course.

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) meals and lodging
  • 14-days of face-to-face professional training
  • Five-months of dedicated mentorship for each team
  • $1,000 field-research seed grant funding available upon successful completion of Week 1
  • $5,000 competitive field-research grants available at end of course for further research for publication
  • Access to the GREAT professional network by being admitted to the GREAT Community of Practice that links teams to relevant literature, conferences, further training events, webinars and opportunities to publish

Upcoming Courses

The 2018-2019 GREAT training is focused on gender-responsive legume breeding. Learn more at our upcoming courses page.

Future GREAT trainings will include courses on gender-responsive:

  • Course 3: Legume Breeding – Applications open late September 2017; the deadline to apply is February 15th, 2018. More information... 
  • Course 4: Dairy Value Chains – 2019-2020
  • Course 5: Small Ruminants Breeding – 2020-2021

Previous GREAT included the Gender-Responsive Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) Breeding Course in 2016-2017, and the Gender-Responsive Cereal Grains Breeding Course, which is currently underway (2017-2018).