what we do// multi-year projects



The Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) is a five-year project (2015-2019) funded by USAID to improve water resource management, promote behavioral change relating to sanitation, increase the capacity of water governance institutions, and create new livelihood opportunities relating to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Iris Group provides technical assistance in gender integration and youth inclusion (GIYI) across project activities, specifically to ensure that the needs of women and youth are addressed. During the first year of the project, Iris Group staff conducted a GIYI assessment, the findings of which informed the development of a strategy that guides GIYI activities. Components of the GIYI approach include: (a) training and capacity building in gender integration and analysis, gender and WASH, gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation, etc.; (b) integration of GIYI approaches across all project activities; (c) a gendered social norms change intervention seeking to address sanctions to women's participation in water governance institutions; and (d) participation in national and international communities of practice relating to gender and WASH.