The Center for Gender in Global Context

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) serves as the primary unit at MSU for coordinating activities related to gender and development. The center is nationally recognized for its Gender, Development, and Globalization program (GDG; formerly known as the Women and International Development/WID), which promotes teaching, research, and outreach specifically on international development and global transformation as they affect and are affected by women and gender relations.

Established in 1978, GDG is the longest-standing program of its kind in the nation and, together with MSU‘s Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), is recognized as a National Resource Center by the US Department of Education.  The program acts as a catalyst for the scholarly discussion of gender, development, and global change.  GenCen/WID participated in the USAID WID IQC, with Management Systems International, and the ALO Rural Livelihoods Consortium for Applied Research and Technology Transfer Program in Southern Africa, among other USG projects. 

Affiliated faculty members have contributed to work in the aforementioned USG programs, as well the BASIS CRSP, an HED Africa-US Higher Education Initiative in Malawi, and multiple U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange programs.  Faculty expertise and experience extends to gender analyses, project design (to assure gender equity and increase gender awareness), participant selection, and implementation of associated gender workshops related to a variety of USG programs in multiple world regions.