Gender Responsive Planning and Monitoring

A Certificate Course

8 - 12 January 2024 at Visthar, Bengaluru

Gender Responsive Planning and  Monitoring (GRPM) is a five-day intensive course on how to integrate gender justice concerns into program planning and monitoring. Applications are now open for the 2024 edition of the course to be held between Jan 8 – 12, 2024, at Visthar, Bengaluru Campus.

The GRPM course is intended for senior and middle management of orgranisations working in the development sector.  It equips Governments, NGOs, INGOs, Faith Based Organisations and other Civil Society Organisations to mainstream gender into their programs and organisations.

For over thirty years, Visthar has been supporting development organisations from Asia to Africa integrate gender and diversity into their programs. This 5-day program brings those learnings from real-world experience directly to organisations through a training program.  Our international program Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation (GDST) has trained 250+ participants from around the world in the last 15 years. We bring the creative methods from those workshops also into this training.

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Course Fee and Registration

The 2024 edition of the course will enable participants to:

  • Crtitically reflect on one’s own ways of looking at gender and diversity
  • Hone their skills in gender analysis, gender responsive planning and gender sensitive monitoring.
  • Develop an intersectional perspective to critically analyse and respond to contemporary issues through their program
  • Develop leadership skills to facilitate transformation in organizations and communities
  • Gender, social relations and institutions
    • Gender and self: Personal constructs of masculinities and femininities
    • Concepts of sex and gender, gender roles. gender relations, gender equality etc.
    • Social construction of gender: role of family, education, religion, media, etc
  • Intersectionality and social transformation
    • Understanding Caste, Class, and Disability
    • Sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identities
    • Power and patriarchies
  • Gender Analysis
    • Frameworks for Gender Analysis
    • Participatory tools for Gender Analysis
    • Practice exercises for Gender Analysis
  • Gender Responsive Planning
    • Policy approaches to women’s development
    • Integrating Gender Analysis into planning
    • Engendering budgeting and planning
  • Gender Responsive Monitoring
    • Gender sensitive indicators
    • Engending monitoring systems
    • Gender in organisation structure, culture and processes

The course will be facilitated by Mercy Kappen, Rajkumari Nimbale and Roshen Chandran from Visthar. The facilitation team has been working on gender and social justice for several decades. They have been supporting a wide range of organisations to integrate gender into their programmes.

The course follows feminist pedagogical principles and an action – reflection – action model, inspired by the work of Paulo Freire. The facilitators will build on the experiences and knowledge base of the participants. The methodologies will include group discussions. case studies, role plays, audio-visuals, and input sessions. Participants will share best practices and develop plans and strategies for mainstreaming gender and social inclusion in their organizations and programs. 

  • International participants – USD 250
  • Residential participants from India – Rs 7,500
  • Non-residential participants from India – Rs 3,500
As this is an intense, close-knit program, seats are limited. Please apply before 30th November 2023 to ensure you get admission.

For more details, please write to [email protected]


GDST was a very enriching experience, enabling me to see how patriarchy affect different peoples across the world. I learnt how to integrate theory and practice through participatory methods for social transformation.

Melina Bravo
Community Psychologist, Mexico

I found GDST a powerful experience because of the interactive learning process, where the learner is exposed to real challenges which they solve and later compare with the theories to gain hands-on experience.

Rael Muthka
Social Advocate and Community Organizer, Kenya

GDST broadened by understanding of human diversity, and enabled me to reflect on my place in this world. It influenced the direction of my life and led me to work for the rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities.

Rajesh Srinivas
Executive Director, Sangama, Bengaluru