The Chroma Collective

The Chroma Collective

A Community of Cross-Institutional Gender Experts

The Chroma Collective creates opportunities for donor institutions across the global development ecosystem to innovate and produce radically new ideas in their approach to gender mainstreaming.

Members work together to build a more robust perspective of the ecosystem by looking outside their organizations, direct peers, and geographical contexts.

As a Collective, we roll up our sleeves to take a practical and generative approach to the most sticky challenges, grapple with tough questions, and translate them into tangible ideas.

Together, we collaborate across organizational silos, drive new ways of working, share promising practices and learnings, and co-create solutions to boost our joint impact toward gender equality.


The heart of the Chroma Collective is its community. The Chroma Collective community includes its members, executive sponsors, and Catalyst Network. These roles combine to spark new and innovative ideas for advancing gender in international development, designing these ideas into tangible solutions, and supporting them to take root across institutions and the broader development ecosystem.

DESIGNED BY is a non-profit design studio that specializes in human-centered design to build solutions and systems in service of building a more just and equitable world.

Iris Group is a women-owned consulting firm that applies practical, evidence-based technical guidance and strategies to support its clients as they work towards achieving gender equality and social inclusion.


The Collective is fully funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an American private foundation with a mission to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will participate in the core cohort of the Collective, but will not be responsible for agenda-setting or decision-making in the formation of the Collective.

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