Gender and Women Development Program (GWDP)

The programme was initiated in 2000, as to address land rights, land-use planning, and livestock health with efforts to empower pastoral women with regards to access, control, and ownership of productive resources. In order to address both practical and strategic gender needs, the programme adopted a four legged approach, with four clusters that constitute strategic objectives of the programme which are assets, capabilities, choices and rights. The programme therefore implements different activities, which reduce women’s workload, increase their dignity and self-esteem, and enhance their access, control, and ownership of resources. Thus, the programme promotes socio-economic development and sustainable livelihoods strategies among pastoral women and their communities.


The overall aim of CORDS Gender and Women Development Programme is to integrate pastoral women fully into development processes through initiating projects that reduce women’s workloads, improve their working and living conditions and enhance development status of pastoral women from the grass roots.

Programme Objectives

  • To increase pastoral women’s self confidence in the community.
  • To allow women improve their managerial skills and address their gender strategic needs.
  • To build up pastoral women capacity and skills from the grassroots
  • To improve women’s working and living conditions in pastoral community.
  • To reduce income and non-income related poverty among the pastoral Maasai women
  • To enhance pastoral household food security.
  • To impart knowledge on the climate change

Programme activities.

  • To conduct seminars and trainings in order:
  • To impact new knowledge and skills to women about running small scale projects (IGAs)
  • To raise their capacity for income generating activities.
  • To enhance women’s access, ownership and control over productive resources.Provision of credit to self-help women’s groups.
  • To initiate alternatives for pastoral women income generating projects.
  • To facilitate mobile clinics.
  • To enable pastoral women build capacity through a participatory mechanism.
  • To facilitate knowledge on mitigation, preparedness and adaptation on the impact of climate change

Programme outputs/results

  • Enhanced household income
  • Improved quality of life and well being
  • Enhanced resilience to poverty, shocks and seasonality
  • Improved access to financial facilities
  • Acting as role model for other women
  • Increased knowledge in entrepreneurship
  • Increased knowledge on property ownership
  • Increased control over own income