The Empower@Scale Platform

GALS practitioners’ hands during a workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2014.

Connect and learn from local change agents

The Empower@scale platform aims to assist you or your organisation to promote the use of Household Methodologies (HHM) in the design and implementation of (rural) development projects. The platform was created by the Empower@scale project, a joint initiative of Oxfam and Hivos supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 

The best ways to learn about HHM is by visiting and learning from the experience of local “champions” in marginalized communities; through self-practice and learning by doing with guidance from experienced champions and facilitators over a period of time. The trick is to adjust HHM to your project and local context, while keeping the essential principles related to gender, empowerment and participation that make HHM effective. This requires creativity, openness and willingness to challenge your comfort zones! 

Therefore the Empower@scale platform:

  • Connects local HHM champions, facilitators, experts and supports, both those who are experienced in the use of HHM as well as those who are looking for expertise;
  • Clarifies what is universal about HHM so that these can be localised and mainstreamed into different themes and interventions (see our values);
  • Discloses and disseminates tacit knowledge through networks, so that it can be used more widely;
  • Encourages partnerships and collaboration to increase gender equality, empowerment and participation in project design and implementation through HHM.

The platform is organised in the following regions:

East Africa regional hub

  • 3 Empowerment Learning Centres (ELCs) in Uganda
  • 2 ELCs in Kenya
  • GALS experts and facilitators in the region (both individual consultants and experts working for organisations)

Western Africa regional hub

  • 2 ELCs in Nigeria
  • GALS experts and facilitators in the region (both individual consultants and experts working for organisations)

Global exchange

  • GALS experts and facilitators in Asia, Latin America, South/Central/ Northern Africa, both individual consultants and experts/facilitators working in organizations.
  • Practitioners, experts and facilitators of other Household Methodologies.
  • Local GALS initiatives not yet covered by the Empower@scale project.

Available experts and facilitators can be found under “Expertise

Official documents shared by the Empower@scale project as well as documents shared by other HHM/GALS experts and facilitators can be found under “Resource centre”. The Community tab allows for exchange by practitioners and experts, or to discuss issues and questions with the community of people involved in the platform.