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Graduation Model in Malawi: Is gender transformation changing women's lives?


Gender Webinar March

When: 1.00-2.00pm, April 8, 2021

Registration: Register in advance for this meeting here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the Webinar

This webinar is hosted by the Gender Study Group, DSAI. Representatives from Concern Malawi and Trinity College Dublin, along with Sonke Gender Justice, Concern’s global partner, will present ongoing research into the effectiveness of a gender transformative approach aiming to address gender norms that affect people’s abilities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. As part of Concern’s Graduation (economic empowerment) programme in Malawi, the research aims to better understand the intersectional barriers faced by women in escaping extreme poverty. The discussion will include the contribution of this research to the global evidence on women’s empowerment and the design, challenges and learnings from the approach.

Chair: Dr Susan Murphy, Trinity College Dublin


  • Thokozani Kalanje is the Graduation Programme Manager for Concern Worldwide Malawi;
  • Adèle Fox is the Equality Advisor for Concern Worldwide;
  • Dr Tara Bedi, Trinity College Dublin.

About the Speakers

Tara Bedi is a Marie Curie (CAROLINE) Irish Research Council Research Fellow in the Economics Department at Trinity College Dublin. She is a development economist with a focus on gender and social protection. She is working on projects in Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Mauritania and Nigeria. Prior to this, she worked with Trócaire, an Irish NGO, leading on policy research, including Leading Edge 2020. Before moving to Ireland, Tara worked in the Poverty Reduction Group at the World Bank, where she worked and published on impact evaluations, poverty maps and poverty monitoring systems. She received a master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from Trinity College Dublin.


Thokozani Kalanje is the Graduation Programme Manager for Concern Worldwide Malawi, having previously joined the organization as the Nutrition Security Advisor in January 2015. Thokozani oversees the five-year Graduation project, which is increasing community resilience to climate shocks and reducing gender inequality for extreme poor households in Nsanje and Mangochi Districts in Southern Malawi. She is driven by the dramatic changes and progress in the lives of those benefiting from the project, who move from total dependency on casual labour and cash just to survive to having their own business and a sustainable means of generating income for the future.


Adèle Fox is the Equality Advisor for Concern Worldwide, based at Concern’s headquarters in Dublin, with a focus on progressing the organisational priority to increasingly implement gender transformative programming. She oversees Concern’s global partnership with Sonke Gender Justice which seeks to improve Concern’s capacity to promote gender equality through gender transformative approaches. Prior to this, over a period of six years in technical public health and project management roles, she coordinated Concern Sierra Leone’s health portfolio, including Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health, child survival and WASH programmes, worked on the Ebola response in Liberia, on health systems strengthening in South Sudan and on community health and nutrition in Burundi.

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