Who we are

GADN is a diverse, effective and inclusive membership network made up of leading UK-based non-governmental organisations’ (NGO) staff, practitioners, consultants and academics working on gender, development and women’s rights issues. GADN enables members to share information and expertise, effectively lobby government and international bodies on gender and development issues and provide expert advice and comment on policies and projects. Our members work in partnership with development and advocacy organisations throughout the world.

A list of our organisational members is available here.

What does it mean to be a part of the network? Learn more here. You can also keep up to date with GADN and its members through our newsletters - sign up here.


Vision, Mission and Aims

Our vision is of a world where social justice and gender equality prevail and where all women and girls are able to realise their rights free from discrimination.

Our mission is to relieve poverty and promote well-being by ensuring that international development policy and practice promotes gender equality and women and girls’ rights.  Our role is to improve the impact that UK development and donor organisations have on the lives of women and girls in developing countries by ensuring that their international development work promotes gender equality and women's and girls’ rights.

The following strategic aims will guide the network’s work for 2014-2017.  Each aim has equal importance.

  • To support and increase the capacity of members to deliver effectively on gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights in development

  • To deepen the understanding of, and commitment to, women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality throughout the UK international development sector

  • To strengthen the UK Government’s commitment, policy and practice on women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality in its international work

  • To promote alternatives to current international development agendas

  • To maintain a strong, effective and inclusive network in order to achieve our mission and objectives


Recent activities

Find out what GADN got up to recently in our 2015-16 activities report and our 2014-2015 activities report.

Our most recent accounts 2015-16 are available to view here (and our 2014-15 accounts are available to view here).


Procedures and internal policies

Here you can find a collection of our procedures and internal policy documents: