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The SEEP Network
Annual Conference

September 19 - 21, 2016

2015 Technical Tracks

Financial Services and Technology to Promote Resilience 

Women's Economic Empowerment 

Small-scale Producers in Resilient Agricultural Systems

Private Sector Partnership Models 



Financial Services and Technology to Promote Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of individuals, their households, communities and systems to mitigate, adapt and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces vulnerability. When designed appropriately, financial services (specifically savings, credit and insurance) have the potential to make significant contributions to increasing household resilience and to laying the foundations for the poor to take on greater risk as they seek to participate in markets. More and more, technology facilitates and accelerates the provisioning of these financial services. Participants in this track will examine the evidence for, approaches to, and challenges of proven and emerging strategies that deliver financial services to reduce risks. Emphasis will be in the areas of health, agriculture, and climate change. Participants will also discuss how technological solutions can multiply the ability of appropriate financial services to build resilience at lower cost.
 

SESSIONS IN THIS TRACK:

 
Track logo People on the Move: Islamic Finance for Pastoralists in Africa    Track logo Insuring Farm and Family: Innovative Risk Management Strategies in Developing Markets 
     
 
Track logo Increasing Resilience through Hospitalization Coverage: Case Studies from the Middle East and Africa    Track logo Pathways to Resilience: Evaluating the Role of Financial Services 
     
 
Track logo Sustainable Approaches to Digitizing Savings Groups       
     
 

 

Women's Economic Empowerment

Businesses, donors, development practitioners, communities and local women and men alike are working to reduce poverty by making markets more inclusive.  There is growing recognition that advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are key drivers towards inclusiveness, leading to higher returns in poverty reduction and resilience.  Yet women and girls still face major barriers worldwide: they continue to be paid less for their work, fail to fully realize the benefits of participation in markets, and daily face discrimination that excludes them from economic opportunities.  These barriers for women and girls are only magnified in crisis and conflict settings. To harness the momentum, this track will examine our key assumptions around how to best connect women’s economic empowerment to social and political empowerment while helping to increase the adaptive capacity of women to sustain economic gains for themselves and their families.
 

SESSIONS IN THIS TRACK:

 
Track logo Addressing Unpaid Care Work to Improve Women’s Economic Empowerment    Track logo Unpacking Measurement Practices in Women's Economic Empowerment 
     
 
Track logo Graduation Model: Do Women Benefit More or Less than Men?    Track logo Promoting Women’s Engagement in Local, Regional and International Trade 
     
 
Track logo Navigating the Empowerment Nexus: Economy and Agency    Track logo The Role of the Private Sector in Women's Economic Empowerment 
     
 

 

Small-scale Producers in Resilient Agricultural Systems

The role of agriculture and livestock systems in economic transformation and poverty alleviation across developing countries is critical. Demographic and climatic trends increasingly point to the central importance of adaptive, resilient, and competitive production systems to deliver sustained benefits to vulnerable communities. Integrating small-scale producers in input, output and financial markets shows promise of delivering sustained efficiency, growth and welfare gains. This track will dive into the evidence-base and practical lessons learned from experiences commercializing smallholder/herder production systems in an effort to support more effective, efficient, and adaptable relationships. We will examine interventions that use innovative technologies and business models to contribute to systemic change, resulting in tangible, lasting impact for vulnerable male and female producers.  
 

SESSIONS IN THIS TRACK:

 
Track logo Innovations and Experiences in Bundling Finance with Services for Smallholders    Track logo Four Ways to Build Smallholder Resilience 
     
 
Track logo Using a Systems Approach to Ensure the Resilience of Farmers    Track logo Working through Non-Traditional Market Actors to Impact Marginalized Producers 
     
 

 

Private Sector Partnership Models for Enhancing Scale and Impact

Cross-sector partnerships among non-profit/for-profit development organizations, corporations–local, national, regional and multi-national are a growing trend. They represent an important opportunity to contribute to market system change to improve household resiliency and to develop inclusive financing and business models that have the potential to yield sustainable pro-poor results. Experimentation in collective solutions amongst these actors, which maximize core competencies of different sectors, are yielding important lessons. This track will highlight both successes and challenges to designing, negotiating, implementing and evaluating cross-sector partnerships from the perspective of development organizations, their private sector partners, as well as local households and communities. A particular focus will be on partnerships that are highly aligned with business objectives and lines of business, such as supply chains and distribution channels that serve to promote innovation as well as larger systemic level changes.
 

SESSIONS IN THIS TRACK:

 
Track logo Pitching to the Private Sector: Cases from Thin Markets ►   Track logo Connecting the Plots: From Start-Up to Scale-Up for Smallholder Irrigation ►
     
 
Track logo How Private Equity Enhances Scale and Impact ►   Track logo Catalyzing Investments in Smallholder Development: It's a Bumpy Road ►
     
 
Track logo Leveraging Partnerships around Disruptive Technologies for Systems Change ►      
     
 
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