Policy USAID Contribution Official USAID strategies, policies, and associated guidance documents.

ADS Chapter 205: Integrating Gender Equality and Female Empowerment in USAID’s Program Cycle

Read this chapter on how to implement key policies and strategies across the Program Cycle, with a focus on evidence-based decision-making and support for local ownership.


This chapter details the comprehensive and interlinked policies and strategies USAID adopted in 2012 to:

  • Reduce gender inequality and to enable girls and women to realize their rights, 
  • determine their life outcomes, 
  • influence decision-making, and
  • become change agents in households, communities, and societies.