ISSER Hosts Five-Day International Training Workshop

The Director of ISSER and some staff of ISSER in a group photograph

The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) in partnership with the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has hosted a five-day International Gender Analysis Training Workshop for social science researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The training workshop held from April 7 to 11, 2014, under the theme “Engendering Social Science Research”, brought together twenty(20) social science researchers drawn from over five countries in East, West and Central Africa for five insightful days of learning, knowledge and experience sharing, as well as practical training on how to successfully incorporate gender in research and the analysis of data. The workshop was facilitated by four high-level gender experts, including research fellows of ISSER.

According to ISSER, the workshop was aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding of gender and equipping them with the knowledge and skills that will enable them successfully design gendered research projects, and also make specific interrogations that will generate the right information which reflects the most intricate of gender dynamics in society.

Participants were happy about the excellent organization of the workshop, particularly, the focus, approach and delivery of the various modules.

Mr. Adebayor, a participant from Uganda said the workshop exceeded his expectations and stated that he was happy to have been given the opportunity to participate. According to him, the Gender Analysis Training Workshop will enable them (participants) to look inward more critically and identify gender gaps to help bridge them for development.

Another participant, Mr. Mugisha Roger Musonerwa from Rwanda shared a similar view:“This workshop was informative and instructive; what I thought was gender was really not. It has really added value to me”, he said.

He commended ISSER and the TTI for organizing the workshop and was hopeful that there would be more of such learning opportunities in the future.

Participants at a training session

A core objective of ISSER is to build capacity for social science research in Ghana and beyond. In fulfillment of this objective, ISSER, among other activities, organizes and facilitates workshops for the benefit of various target groups. The Gender Analysis Training Workshop 2014 was made possible through the able partnership of The Think Tank Initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).