RUFEP has successfully conducted a Gender Mainstreaming Competency Training for both Strategic and implementing partners under the three windows of Innovation and Outreach Facility (IOF).

The training was organized to build capacity of RUFEP partners to ensure effective and sustainable mainstreaming of gender as a cross cutting issue in their organizations.

The training which attracted a total of 45 participants including RUFEP staff was organized in two sessions from 9th to 11th August, 2022 (First Group) and 16th to 18th August, 2022 (Second Group).

The Gender Mainstreaming Competency Training was conducted in line with the Zambian government’s commitment to gender equality and IFAD’s Policy on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.

Speaking at the official opening of the Workshop on the 9th August, 2022 held at Legacy Center in Lusaka, RUFEP Programme Coordinator Michael Mbulo said RUFEP organized the training to build the capacity of both Strategic and Implementing Partners to effectively mainstream gender.

Mr. Michael Mbulo

Mr. Mbulo said following the assessment of mainstreaming of gender in the intervention’s by RUFEP through partners, it was observed that a gender training should have been done at the beginning of RUFEP implementation.

He said RUFEP invited all partners that have implemented projects on behalf of RUFEP since 2016 to date to build their capacity in terms Gender Analysis and developing Gender Action Plans for effective gender mainstreaming.


The modules covered in the three Days Gender Workshop conducted by Gender Expert Dr. Emma Sitambuli included Gender Concepts and Definitions, Gender Appraisals and Planning, and Mainstreaming Gender in Organizations, Projects or Programmes.

Giving a vote of thanks at the end the training, Sr. Exhildah Kabaso from the Catholic Diocese of Mansa thanked RUFEP for organizing the training for the implementing partners.

Sr. Kabaso said the training empowered the participants with skills to effectively contribute to gender mainstreaming in their organizations.

Group 2 Gender Training at Legacy Center, Lusaka