CID Training: Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion ('GEDSI')- from an international development, disability and intersectional lens

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Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion, ‘GEDSI’, is one of key priorities of most bilateral and donor agencies, and in the era of Covid-19, it’s now critical to reexamine gender relations, power inequalities and accessibility for all community members.

This training will provide a deep dive into GEDSI from an access and inclusion perspective and highlight the pre-cursors for inclusion in the Pacific region. It will discuss intersectionality and its link to disability inclusive development. The training will also draw upon the experiences of the facilitators in overcoming barriers and creating solutions to aid meaningful inclusion.

The training will be an online 3-hour module, held from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 22 August 2023. It will be facilitated by Maven at The Palladium Group.


Attending this training will enable participants to:

  • Develop their understanding of what Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion (“GEDSI”) encompasses within the international development sector, including links to relevant national and international strategies and legislation.
  • Build their knowledge, skills, and confidence:
    • of the term ‘intersectionality’, including how to understand the intersecting identities that people have and how this can influence your work
    • in how to conduct social model barrier checks to aid access and inclusion for all
    • in how to communicate and interact with people with both visible and invisible disability, including practical take away tips.
  • Develop their understanding of the ‘pre-cursors’ to inclusion in the Pacific
  • Learn how to include GEDSI budgeting in program or project inputs
  • Learn from storytelling form the Maven team, case studies and a Q&A panel


Maven seeks to break down accessibility and inclusion barriers while providing employment opportunities for people with disability. Our Maven team bring their lived experience of different types of disability to programs and clients in the Asia Pacific region to create accessible environments, develop inclusive communications and improve attitudes towards people with disability. The Maven team’s knowledge is complemented and supported by managers who bring academic experience in gender mainstreaming and policy analysis, best practice disability-inclusive development and corporate strategy to provide clients with holistic guidance that is tailored to their needs.

Maven never provides the same service twice and our training programs are tailored to align to the clients work and location. Maven have trained hundreds of people in multiple organisations including NGO’s, private sector, and Government departments across the Asia Pacific Region. Maven is thrilled to be able to design and deliver this training for members of the New Zealand Council for International Development.

Maven’s training services are underpinned by:

  • A blended human rights and social model approach which recognises that people with disability have the same rights as all others in the community and addresses barriers that
    are created by mainstream society;
  • Adult-based learning principles to integrate participant’s experience and knowledge into
    comprehensive, respectful discussion that leads to ownership;
  • Storytelling methodology to bring theories and practice to life;
  • Recognition that the disability community is not a homogenous group, each person with disability is unique, and that people with disability can belong to other margnalised groups
    which can expose them to overlapping forms of barriers and discrimination – known as
    intersectionality, and;
  • Maven’s work is designed, delivered and evaluated by people with disability – ‘nothing without us’.

Maven’s work will be designed and delivered by two members of the Maven team who have different lived experience of disability and expertise to share.


Alex Kay, Senior Manager of Maven - Host

Alex is a specialist in gender mainstreaming, policy analysis and disability-inclusive development. Alex has over a decade of providing specialist GEDSI input to projects and programs around the Asia Pacific region where she draws upon her global networks from grassroot communities to government and multi-stakeholder engagement to solve complex social problems. Alex has a bachelor of Speech Pathology and a post graduate certificate in Gender Mainstreaming and Policy Analysis. Alex helped to create the Maven access and inclusion service when she recognises the lack of people with lived experience who provide GEDSI services. Alex is based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Zel Iscel - Facilitator 

Zel was one of Maven’s first advisers and helped to develop the Maven concept. Zel has 18 years’ experience working in the disability sector at state, national and international levels. Zel brings her lived experience of being blind and her passion for accessible technology to provide world class training and awareness, website and app reviews, physical premise reviews and the development of accessible marketing and communications. Zel is passionate about building a world where everyone counts.

Tammy McGowan - Facilitator 

Tammy was diagnosed as an adult as Autistic, ADHD and Dyslexic with Auditory Processing Disorder and is a highly valued coordinator and trainer with experience working in the community and disability sectors. Tammy is passionate about disability advocacy, social inclusion and trauma informed person-centered practice. Tammy is a specialist in intersectionality and training others to reveal their own identities and learning how these identities intersect and impact their decisions made at home and at work.


CID Members: $200 (+GST)

Non CID Members: $300 (+GST)

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