Training & Capacity Building

In recent years, GGO has trained more than 15,000 policymakers, practitioners and advocates, at all levels and in every region of the world, on gender and environment issues. Capacity building materials are typically tailor-made for each country, context or circumstance, and trainings are facilitated—especially at national and subnational levels—in full partnership with local counterparts.

In addition to sound technical, sector- and context-specific content, GGO training generally seeks to foster an understanding of gender equality as a key element—and often a driver—of meeting conservation and sustainable development goals. While women are very often in highly disadvantaged situations of vulnerability, GGO aims to champion women as not just victims but as powerful agents of positive social, economic and environmental change.


Governments (National Delegation/Negotiators)

GGO conducted some of the first ground-breaking trainings for negotiators on climate change working as part of the joint Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) programme  to ensure the climate change policies, programmes and initiative at all levels are gender-responsive. The Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change , which was originally published in 2008, has been utilized globally and GGO is currently working on a full revision of the manual, in collaboration with GGCA members and partners.


Women and Women’s Organizations

A fundamental aspect of every GGO program is building the capacity and networking strength of women and women’s organizations. From facilitating participatory, multi-stakeholder government policy processes to supporting institutions through the development and implementation of gender mainstreaming and gender action plans—uniquely situated in the environmental sectors—GGO ensures women’s participation, ideas, needs and expertise alike infuse objectives and outcomes.


GGO has a well-established team working throughout Central America in various sectors with a strong focus on training of women and women’s organizations on environmental topics, as well as increasing environmental practitioners and policy makers knowledge and capacity on gender. Recently, GGO has embarked with partner ENERGIA   on the project Women as Leaders and Agents of Change in the Energy Sector, with funding from HIVOS . This joint project between GGO and ENERGIA brought together the capacities and knowledge of the two institutions to support the incorporation and mainstreaming of gender considerations into the energy sector specifically in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This project enhances the capacity of governments, civil society and private sector institutions, as well as advocating on gender, energy and climate issues at the international, regional, and national level in policies, projects and initiatives. It supports gender inclusion in the planning, implementation and monitoring of initiatives, such as Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and projects by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to have greater understanding of these issues. This project was also critical for producing the first training module on gender and energy by GGO, as well as providing support in GGO research and development of gender and large-scale renewable energy.


The Climate Change Gender Action Plans are nationally recognized strategies with a unique methodology for training and building the capacity of women and women’s organizations on the linkages between gender and climate change. This is done through a series of workshop trainings with local women identified as leaders in their communities, and also with women’s advocacy organizations that support their rights and development, not only in the environmental sector but across sectors to increase their knowledge on these issues.

To learn more about ccGAPs, view the full description here.


Environmental Institutions


GGO extends its expertise in training and capacity building beyond women, women’s organizations and decision makers, to partner and member institutions as well. The Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) is an initiative that developed the capacities of 50 partners to mainstream gender into their projects and institutions in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The expertise of GGO designed a programme to enhance gender inclusion in conservation practices and increase the ICAA partners’ capacity for implementing gender in conservation policy and practices. In particular, this project also gathered and disseminated information on how to mainstream gender, specifically in the Andean Amazon ecosystems.

The ICAA data provided knowledge for GGO’s team to produce modules based on a methodology for building a community of practice by developing member institutions’ knowledge and capacity through in-person and webinar trainings that provided technical assistance on mainstreaming gender into project cycles, as well as providing opportunities for participants to engage in peer-exchange platforms. GGO’s team also facilitated workshops for managers of the member organizations to increase institutional capacity to analyze the gender context of their projects related to conservation and biodiversity. This methodology, which includes sector-specific portions as well, stems from recognizing that building this capacity and providing tools for action will promote gender equality.

For sector-specific materials, visit our Knowledge Center.

CARPE partner organizations

Under the United States Agency for International Development Gender Equality in Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative, GGO has provided technical training and capacity building for the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) partner. GGO has supported this training by integrating gender into development tools that partners developed to ensure a gender-responsive approach and significant results. On-the-ground implementation of these tools has also been done. GGO has built the capacity of the partner organizations by facilitating specific sessions during workshops, analyzing work plans for a more gender-inclusive scope, and providing technical support on development of gender strategies and gender plans of action.