Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A)

Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A) provides technical training and support to non-governmental organizations, governmental partners, researchers, and international agencies in areas of social and community development, with an emphasis on gender equality and equity. CRTD-A focuses on qualitative, participatory, and action-oriented social research, and produces original literature on gender and development, gender mainstreaming, gender training, social development, civil society, and poverty. CRTD-A also provides consultancy services for non-governmental organizations and other development actors in gender related areas.

 

CRTD-A focuses on four thematic priority areas:

1. Gender, Citizenship, and Governance

The Arab Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign was conceived within the framework of the Gender and Citizenship program, and began with research on Arab Women’s Right to Nationality conducted throughout the MENA region. CTRD-A has implemented a comprehensive media outreach campaign, and has organized grassroots training sessions and awareness-raising and mobilization initiatives in support of the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign for nationality rights.

2. Gender, Economy, and Trade

The Women’s Economic Empowerment Project (WEEP) includes capacity building activities focusing on gender and the economy and gender-sensitive budgeting. The project aims to create positive transformations in gender relations through empowering women and building their capacity to become economically independent, and form and maintain their own grassroots organizations.

3. Gender and Leadership

WEEP is linked to CRTD-A’s Gender and Leadership initiative. In collaboration with WLP, CRTD-A’s work in this area focuses on building women’s leadership capacity and promoting women’s political and public participation. CRTD-A’s ideology rests on the conception that leadership is communicative learning that is horizontal, non-hierarchical, and participatory. The program empowers women as leaders in their households and communities, and helps to strengthen leadership skills by facilitating access to ICT training and knowledge.

4. Gender and ICT for Social Development

Lebanon Knowledge and Development Gateway’ (LKDG) produces and disseminates knowledge related to gender equality and social development, with the aim of encouraging the use of ICT for social change, and democratizing knowledge and information access.

CRTD-A provides technical support and training to NGOs, governmental partners, and international agencies in numerous areas of social and community development, with particular focus on gender equality and equity. Programs focus on effective resource mobilization, strategic planning, project management, counseling, and program monitoring and evaluation. CRTD-A has developed locally based training modules and resource kits on “Gender and Participatory Development”, as well as other key topics.

CRTD-A focuses on qualitative, participatory, action-oriented social research, and produces original literature on gender and development, gender mainstreaming, gender training, social development, civil society and poverty. These and other relevant issues are given further exposure in CRTD-A’s bulletins, updates, newsletters, translated materials, books, website, and other electronic communications. CRTD-A runs a sought-after resource information center, providing information and research on gender and development issues in Lebanon and the wider Arab World.

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