MEDA's Approach to Pro-Poor Value Chain and Enterprise Development

MEDAs Approach to Pro-Poor Value Chain and Enterprise DevelopmentFor nearly sixty years, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) has created business solutions to poverty around the world. Rooted in faith values, MEDA firmly believes that unleashing entrepreneurship is the best way to alleviate poverty. And stands by its conviction that the work is not done until it is proven to be sustainable, replicable, scalable and measureable.

Come, listen and learn about MEDA’s pro-poor value chain and M4P approaches in agriculture and women’s economic development. Ann will provide an overview of MEDA’s work in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ethiopia to show how their projects improve business opportunities in competitive and sustainable ways. This will also give you a glimpse into the case studies and topics covered in the upcoming SMDP course “Pro-Poor Enterprise and Value Chain Development (PPEVCD)” being held November 11-15, 2013 in Tanzania.

Click here or on the photo to watch the webinar. The following event resources are also available: the presentation slides and a Most Significant Change Story from MEDA's EDGET project.

Date: August 28, 2013
Source: Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program, The University of New Hampshire - The Carsey Institute
Length: 1hr 4 minutes


Tapping the Reservoir Assessing the Impact of Financial Services for Youth in Morocco

SEEP Webinar - YouthInvestToday's youth are remarkable reservoirs of energy, knowledge and potential. However, poverty and a lack of access to services severely limit the ability to harness this energy. The lack of economic opportunity contributes to the stagnation and endless cycle of hardship within families. Providing financial services to youth creates an untapped opportunity to develop markets, bring people in from the margins and give them the tools with which to help themselves.

In 2011, MEDA launched a study to assess the initial impacts of the loan program by interviewing youth loan recipients, training participants, and a control group of non-participants as well as MFI staff. The study focused on the impact of loans designed for youth clients in Morocco as well as mandatory financial education training youth required before accessing these loans.

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Date: June 12, 2013
Source: The SEEP Network
Length: 1hr 25 seconds


Integrating Women into Value Chains: Lessons from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Ghana

USAID-Webinar---Value-ChainsEffective value chain programming requires an understanding of how people respond to different kinds of incentives in value chains and how gender affects this response. Gendered patterns of behavior influence men and women's knowledge of, ability, and incentives to participate in value chains and to upgrade in response to changing market conditions and new market opportunities. Promoting value chain development that is inclusive of and benefits both men and women relies on understanding these behaviors and identifying gender-based constraints to upgrading.

In this seminar, Helen Loftin and Ariane Ryan share lessons learned from MEDA's experiences in empowering women through integration into market systems. The presenters provide a detailed look at value chains and the sales agent model- what it is and its impact, highlighting the dimensions of power and agency. The presenters draw from experiences in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Ghana, providing examples of how this model has been adapted in these three dynamic, socio-cultural contexts. The session concludes with a discussion on key considerations to improve effectiveness in inclusive value chain development through women's empowerment.

Click here or on the photo to watch the webinar via screencast. The following event resources are also available: video interview, presentation audio, Q&A audio, powerpoint presentation, presentation transcript and Q&A transcript.

Date: May 16, 2013
Source: USAID MPEP Seminar Series #3
Length: 1hr 35 minutes