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The Gender Research Alliance


The Gender Research Alliance (GRA) was established by Josie Rowe-Setz, Grania Mackie and Carmen Möllmann in order to combine a wide variety of experience in gender related research for application in research.  The partners are experienced gender researchers, facilitators and policy advisors, mainly in low income and middle income countries. Experience ranges from the development of a women’s economic empowerment strategy, and implementation planning for the South African government, to the highly focused assessment of gender practices in the SMME sector of the automotive industry. The GRA also makes use of additional professional and specialist resources on an as-needed basis, when the assignment requires it.


Collectively the Alliance has over 40 years of experience in organizational participatory gender auditing and mainstreaming gender in development projects and programmes.


Grania Mackie

is an expert trainer in women’s entrepreneurship development tools and is an experienced gender auditor. She has over 14 years of experience working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) gender and disability mainstreaming ILO private sector programmes and supporting ILO Offices to improve their performance in gender mainstreaming their operations. Ms. Mackie was instrumental in the conceptualization and development of most of the ILO’s tools and approaches to women’s enterprise development programmes. She has an under graduate degree from De Montfort University (UK, ) and two MSc’s from the Open University one in Development Management (2009) and one in Environmental Decision Making (2013).


Carmen Möllmann

is an experienced program manager with over 15 years in the development sector, of which 7 of those were within the United Nations. She has a strong competency in project programming, building relationships, research, the design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment techniques. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pretoria (BCom: Entrepreneurship (2002)), a post graduate degree from the University of South Africa (BCom: Hons Finance (2005)) and a Masters degree from the University of Pretoria (MCom: Corporate Leadership (2014)). Ms Möllmann is based in Pretoria, South Africa.


Josie Rowe-Setz

is a researcher focused on market research, industrial research, strategy formulation, building and implementation planning, and policy development. She has undertaken over 400 research projects for the public sector, as well as for large private sector firms and international donors. She holds a bachelors degree in politics, psychology and communication (2000), a post graduate degree in applied psychology and a master’s degree (MSC) with the University of Liverpool (2014). Ms Rowe-Setz is based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa



The project team has experience in research and environmental decision making and gender impacts of environmental programmes specifically: the Alliance partners offer cumulative experience in:


  1. Constructing evidence based arguments, obtaining political buy in, management support for the development and implementation of gender mainstreaming plans for ILO programmes.
  2. Carrying out participatory gender audits for International Labour Organisation Country Offices and constituents with associated reports and action plans and indicators of achievement.
  3. Developing gender sensitive and gender specific indicators of achievement for enterprise development programmes, decent work programmes and the ILO’s Small Enterprise Development Unit.
  4. Development of viable and credible shifts in organizational processes and structures in large private sector firms to ensure gender mainstreaming using business credible arguments and procedures.
  5. Action research focusing on quick status quo assessments of specific targeted audiences, communities and/or issues
  6. Fast, effective survey development and implementation to identify issues and solutions in appropriate and credible ways. Development of clear strategies for implementation of solutions and M & E approaches to evaluate impact.