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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


Pathways to Market Inclusion for Women: Experience in Gender-Sensitive Push/Pull Strategies from CARE and ACDI/VOCA

Sep 10, 2014 (Wed), 10:00am-11:00am (US EDT)

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Very poor women face unique challenges in their climb out of poverty, given that socio-cultural and gender systems/norms can significantly impact their economic circumstances and opportunities.  Moderated by USAID's Jennefer Sebstad, this webinar will feature project experience of CARE and ACDI/VOCA. Emily Hillenbrand of CARE will share how the Pathways Program draws from a push/pull framework in its work to reduce poverty and empower over 52,000 poor women smallholder farmers and their households in six countries (Mali, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Bangladesh and India).  The project is guided by a theory of change focused on five change levers: increased capacity and skills of women smallholders; expanded access to services, assets, and inputs; increased productivity; greater influence over household decisions; and a more enabling environment for gender equity, both within communities and in extension and market systems.

Emily will be joined by Lindsey Jones of ACDI/VOCA. Using case studies from the Sunhara India programs, Lindsey will talk about how market systems projects can leverage the collective action of a traditionally marginalized group as part of its push/pull approach to overcoming poverty and gender inequality. Collective action can be a necessary element for push and pull strategies to interact effectively by enabling groups that have been traditionally excluded from markets – in this case, rural women - to have the confidence, mobility, motivation and community support to take advantage of inclusive market opportunities facilitated by pull strategies. The Sunhara India programs were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wal-Mart Foundation to empower nearly 10,000 rural women by connecting them to markets, resources and networks. 


Join us for this exciting LEO project-sponsored webinar, hosted by SEEP's Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI) and the Strengthening the Economic Potential of the Ultra Poor (STEP UP) Working Group.


Moderator: Jennefer Sebsted - Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Microenterprise and Enterprise Promotion, USAID

Jennefer Sebstad is Senior Technical Advisor to USAID Washington’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, Office of Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion with a focus on pathways out of poverty. Before joining USAID she worked with the Ford Foundation in Nairobi and as an independent consultant in Africa and Asia on income, employment and asset building programs. Prior to this she studied urban planning and geography at UCLA and the University of Michigan.

Emily Hillenbrand - Technical Advisor for Gender and Livelihoods, CARE USA

Emily joined CARE in February 2013 as Gender and Livelihoods Technical Advisor for the Pathways program, a six-country program to promote equity, empowerment and productivity for women smallholder farmers. Her work has focused on developing gender-transformative strategies to address intra-household and institutional challenges for women farmers, including strategies for engaging men and family members to support more equitable intra-household relations and social norm changes. Her technical experience is in livelihoods, nutrition, adult learning, and behavior change communication. She joins CARE from Helen Keller International, where she worked most recently as Asia-Pacific Regional Gender Advisor, and previously as program manager and technical advisor in Bangladesh, working on integrating gender-transformative approaches to nutrition programming. She has worked and researched in West Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. She has a master’s degree in Women, Gender and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Middlebury College.

Lindsey Jones - Director of Gender Mainstreaming and Women's Empowerment, ACDI/VOCA

Lindsey manages strategic gender equity initiatives, including the adoption and implementation of ACDI/VOCA’s policy for promoting gender equity, trainings, workshops, gender analyses and assessments for international economic and community development programs funded by agencies and foundations including USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank. Her experience includes work in Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Tajikistan, India, Philippines, East Timor, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Paraguay. Lindsey shares updates and insights on global women’s empowerment issues via Twitter at @LindseyJonesR.

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