GRI helps planning agencies and service providers acknowledge, identify and address variable needs of diverse audiences. Our collaborative approach identifies win-win opportunities for expanding current plans and services to embrace and accommodate the needs of diverse audiences. Our team of natural resource managers, rural economists, conservationists, property lawyers, water engineers, and utility pricing specialists have worked on five continents to secure public services and natural resources for women and men from every walk of life.
GRI offers the following expertise within this practice area:
Gender-blind planning of public spaces disempowers women and prevents them from fully using, navigating, and enjoying the cities and towns in which they live. This is exacerbated in war torn settings, like Iraq, where existing conservative gender norms mix with conflict, heightening the danger for women in public spaces. The USAID Takamul/IGPA project supports municipal governments in Iraq to partner with local women, hear their perspectives, and give them the power to determine how municipal environments can be made safer for women.