Women's Global Cancer Alliance

Program Development

Program Development Triangle

All cancer is local.

The WGCA recognizes that each community (or country), is identified as a group of people with common interests, tied by a common language, living in the same locality and under the same government. Each is different. Issues surrounding gender-specific cancers likewise differ and are impacted by local customs, resources and culture. WGCA’s role is to act as a catalyst to bring individuals and organizations together in order to develop a shared understanding of the interconnectedness of the issues affecting the local community. Local data acts as the foundation of knowledge for creative thinking in developing durable and sustainable programs. The aim is to bring WGCA expertise and local leaders together to identify and plan for bold changes to improve the health, to instill a shared sense of dignity, value and self-worth among women in the community.

Local Community

Program development begins at the community level. It may be a single piece of information or a small opportunity that builds itself through systematic review of the processes that contribute to the obstacles women face in developing countries. Such information arises from Fellows and Volunteers immersed within the community. The local community forms the base of the Development Triangle. Local action and programs cannot take place without study and outcomes of local data attached to community ideas and perceptions.


Since all cancer is local and differs from community to community it is expected that innovative solutions may vary from country to country or from community to community within a country. The Immersion Phase requires that individuals spend an adequate amount of time working in a community, collecting information and evaluating the uniqueness of each community. The information are collected and assembled into a written report that is presented to WGCA’s Leadership Council.

WGCA’s link to the developing country is through a local leader or an advisor in a host organization.

The goal of the Immersion Phase is to imbed an active member of the WGCA into another culture, gather data and information learn from and serve the needs of the local community as communities want to serve themselves. Information gained from immersed individuals will be placed in the hands of the local decision makers and community leaders.

Active WGCA members are eligible to apply for Immersion Fellowships. Eligibility criteria and fellowship applications may be obtained from the WGCA. Fellowships are competitive, funded by a stipend and based on soundness of ideas, purpose and commitment.

Needs Assessment

A formal needs assessment will be undertaken and prioritized according to need. The needs assessment serves as the foundation for future planning of projects and programs.


The planning stage is built on the Immersion Report and the Needs Assessment. WGCA’s mission, commitment to new and innovative solutions, needs assessment and priorities will be considered in the development of a plan. One or more plans may originate from a single needs assessment.

Program/Project Development

The final step is WGCA’s Program Development. The strategy will be to identify a program or project that is most likely to have significant impact on women’s health and cancer issues in a local community and to solicit sponsorship and support for the program.

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