The Integral Health Coordination Program (Programa de Coordinación en Salud Integral, or PROCOSI) in Bolivia developed a program to certify service delivery and management support NGOs as gender-sensitive. The certification system is based on an initial self-assessment by teams consisting of staff from service delivery (clinical) or management support (administrative) NGOs, followed by the development and implementation of activities to improve the gaps found until a minimum of 80 percent of the designated quality and gender standards are met. At the project’s end, 14 of the 15 participating NGOs had reached compliance with at least 80 percent of the proposed standards, and their achievement was recognized in a public certification ceremony. The project succeeded in developing a cost-effective strategy to incorporate a gender perspective. Drawing from the lessons learned by implementing and evaluating this strategy, the report offers a number of recommendations concerning the program’s future utilization including ways to ensure the continuity of certification processes.
de la Quintana, Erica Palenque, Patricia Riveros Hamel, and Ricardo Vernon. 2007. "Consolidating a gender perspective in the PROCOSI network," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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