Integrating Gender and Including Women in Value Chain Development

Public and private sector leaders, international donors, and human rights advocates agree on the importance of promoting women's economic empowerment. During recent years growing evidence shows that empowering women not only advances human rights but is also smart economics. But how, specifically, can this empowerment be accomplished? This training presents concrete recommendations and tools that development professionals can use to facilitate the effective integration of women into growing market systems and to support women in achieving empowerment.

Published: Nov 1, 2014
Time: Expected to take about 1.5 to 2 days to deliver

  • To learn how to apply a gender lens to designing and managing value chain projects using a facilitation approach
  • To understand the importance of ensuring the inclusion of women in market systems throughout the project cycle
Intended Audience
The ideal audiences for this training are program designers or implementers who have some familiarity with value chain and market systems development. Some basic training or familiarity with gender and development is also ideal, but not required.

How to use this training guide
This training facilitation guide is accompanied by a PowerPoint slide deck, sample training agenda, eight handouts, and a training evaluation form for participants to fill out after completing the training. This facilitation guide includes comprehensive, step-by-step guidance for each of the sessions. There are also detailed notes in the PowerPoint slide deck that complement the explanations and discussion points that are in this guide. In addition, facilitators can reference the links to additional references that are included at the end of each session. Facilitators are welcome to substitute the case studies and examples included in this guide with case studies and examples that are more relevant to the country or project context in which they are working.

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Inclusive Financing for Housing: Exploring Viable Business Models

Panelists from the three Housing IGP grantees, USAID, and SEEP gathered in Washington DC for an engaging day of knowledge exchange, sharing findings from their specific project implementation experiences with each other and deepening the conversation around inclusive financing for housing. Watch a final learning session where the panelists continued to dialogue with each other and were also able to report out their findings to an audience of interested industry stakeholders.

Date: July 4, 2014
Organizer: The SEEP Network
Length: 1 hr 20 minutes

Sashi Selvendran (Moderator) – IGP Learning Network Facilitator, MEDA
Genzo Yamamoto - Director, Knowledge Management, Opportunity International
Justice Arthur - Housing Loans Project Manager, Sinapi Aba Savings & Loans
Naeem Razwani - Manager, Marketing and Product Development, The First Microfinance Bank (Afghanistan)
Imran Shams - Project Manager, First Microfinance Bank (Tajikistan)
Patrick Kelley - Senior Director of Market Development and Housing Finance, Habitat for Humanity International
Sitara Merchant - Director, Research and Product Development, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance

To view the recording and the photo stream from the event, click here.
Download a printable 2-page overview of the Housing IGP initiative
Download the program infodoc 

A MEDA Toolkit - Developing Youth Inclusive Products with Financial Service Providers

MEDA-MC-FoundationThis workshop is geared towards implementers working with financial service providers (FSPs). Participants will be exposed to selected activities and tools that are currently being used in Morocco and Egypt and discuss how to transition the data from market research into product design for a market-driven financial product.  Participants will received an introduction on MEDA’s three technical toolkits and have the opportunity to practice developing features of an actual youth financial product.

Workshop-PicThe three technical toolkits that will be introduced are:

  • Youth-Oriented Customer Service
  • Responsive Product Development Cycle
  • Risk Management (Mitigation strategies for FSPs)

These technical areas  of training for FSPs  are  core internal areas for improvement and development to ensure a sustainable youth-friendly financial product.

By the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • Been introduced to the three technical toolkits for developing a sustainable youth-inclusive product
  • Participated in activities and practised tools used with FSPs
  • Discussed how these tools can be applied in their work

Click here to download an Acrobat PDF flyer of this workshop

Click here to read a blog post by VEGA staff describing what they learned

Jennifer Denomy, Adil Sadoq, Nicki Post

September 17, 2013