Gender integration is the process of examining the impact of gender norms, roles, and dynamics, including unequal power relations within a project’s context, and identifying how to compensate for and/or address gender-based inequities during program assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation. This process guides the development and implementation of programming, policies, and services that can improve health and development outcomes for people of all gender identities, especially cisgender women and gender minorities.

Moving the Needle Towards Gender Transformation in Diverse Social and Behavior Change Programming Across West and Central Africa: Lessons and Considerations presents case studies and underscores efforts to integrate gender in ways that are culturally responsive and contextually appropriate. These case studies are not necessarily the most gender-transformative interventions that Breakthrough ACTION has implemented; rather, they were selected to share examples of how programs can move the needle along the gender integration continuum—from gender blind towards gender transformative—and provide important lessons and considerations for similar efforts across global social and behavior change programming.