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Engaging Government in Inclusive Value Chain Development
This paper analyzes the good practices of the four programs of the Value Initiative and identifies effective tips for
engaging government in value chain development with a “bottom-up” approach. Through their work, these programs learned how to engage the government and attract the support of key government officials to aid their work and increase sustainability. As a result, from design to implementation, the pilot tests and activities of the Value Initiative programs broadly demonstrated to government actors a “proof of concept” with their successful interventions and strategies. In response, government officials recognized the value of these approaches, interventions, and activities and more actively engaged in and supported these methods.
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Reaching Very Vulnerable Populations Using Value Chain Development: The Value Initiative Program in Kenya
AMPATH ’s Family Preservation Initiative (FPI) was established in 2003 as an income generation program in close coordination with AMPATH ’s social and healthcare assistance services. The goal of the FPI is to provide avenues for poor HIV infected and affected households to achieve sustainable economic security, by increasing their skills, knowledge, productivity and overall quality of life. But until the start of VIP Kenya, FPI’s ability to provide income opportunities was limited to employing patients in a number of social enterprises including a handicraft workshop, a restaurant, a fruit processing facility and a fruit tree seedling nursery.
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Social Networks and Value Chain Development
In 2008, SEEP and its members identified urban poverty as a significant issue, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Value Initiative Program1 (VIP) began to advance urban value chain development to assist millions in working their way out of poverty. To achieve this goal, the Value Initiative has funded four urban demonstration programs in cities around the world.… Read More ›
Monitoring and Results Measurement in Value Chain Development: 10 Lessons from Experience
Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) is fundamental to good program management. It provides vital information that programs need to make good decisions in order to maximize impact over the life of a project. Over the last three years, with guidance from the SEEP Value Advisors, the Value Initiative Program (VIP) partners in India, Indonesia, Jamaica and Kenya have worked hard to install and use strong MRM systems in their urban value chain projects. As a team, the VIP partners and advisors have shared experiences in monitoring and results measurement and adjusted both the overall MRM system for VIP as well as the systems in individual projects. The aim of this learning and adjustment was to make MRM both as practical and as useful as possible. The focus was equally on MRM for reporting and for management purposes. We made some mistakes and we had some successes along the way. This paper aims to share our top ten lessons with other value chain practitioners.… Read More ›
The Value Initiative Program in Indonesia
The Value Initiative Program in Jakarta, Indonesia (VIP-Indonesia), introduced cleaner production technology to thousands of tofu and tempeh producers in Greater Jakarta between 2009 and 2011. The value chains for tofu and tempeh (staple foods made from soy beans) exemplify many urban, informal-sector industries. They operate outside regulations with little support from government or economic development initiatives, and offer easy-entry jobs with poor working conditions. Yet they provide a living to hundreds of thousands of people who support each other through social ties based on their community of origin.… Read More ›
Building Bridges: Value Initiative Program in Jamaica
The goal of VIP Jamaica was to nurture the development of a globally competitive Jamaican ornamental fish industry “produced” by young men from Kingston’s inner-city communities. significantly increasing sales of ornamental fish from Jamaica to international markets could bring sustainable wealth and stability into communities characterised by persistent poverty and a preponderance of criminal gangs. VIP Jamaica’s emphasis on wealth creation is important because marginal changes in earning capacity are insufficient to challenge the lure of guns and drugs.
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Giving a Market-Driven Perspective to Improving Working Conditions in Informal Sector Economies: Exploring the application of value chain finance strategies-microinsurance and microleasing
While formal sector workers are protected by various laws and have access to safety net solutions provided by their employers, informal sector workers—especially working in urban value chains—are largely excluded as they are often not associated with any umbrella organizations. Most enterprise development programs, particularly value chain analytical frameworks, do not always look at socio-economic parameters, such as working conditions, as means of increasing productivity and complementing livelihood promotion efforts. Governments continue to be the most influential players in this space as they establish the overall enabling frameworks, but unfortunately exclude the bulk of people in the informal sector. Market driven models for improving working conditions within informal value chains are negligible and generally undocumented.… Read More ›
Improving Informal Working Conditions through Access to Identity Cards and Health Insurance: Jaipur Jewelry Artisan Development Project
This case focuses on access to identity cards and health insurance for low-income artisans in the historic jewelry sector in Jaipur, India. Starting in 2009, ACCESS Development Services, an Indian non-governmental organization (NGO) with expertise in microfinance and rural value chain development, has stimulated market-driven improvements in working conditions among jewelry artisans in Jaipur, a large city in northwest India with a population of 340 million. The jewelry sector is estimated to employ 215,000 people. Jaipur—sitting at the crossroads of Hindu and Islamic culture for centuries—is a hub for tourism, traditional crafts, and modern trade between India and Pakistan.… Read More ›
The Value Initiative Program in Kenya
In Rift Valley and Western Kenya, AMPATH is engaged in a widespread, holistic public health program that supports sustainable livelihoods with a combination of broad-based economic development and a “graduation” approach targeting the most vulnerable populations, particularly those impacted by HIV. This case profiles the economic development and livelihoods initiative, which was part of the Value Initiative Program in Kenya of The SEEP Network from 2009–2011 (referred to as VIP-Kenya). AMPATH was the lead implementing partner, working with the Kenya Export Promotion Council (EPC) and, for the first half of the project, Fintrac.… Read More ›
Urban Value Chain Development: Potential and Challenges in 2009
This paper explores how one poverty eradication tool—value chain development—might be applied to help address the challenge of urban poverty and the goal of sustainable cities. It invites practitioners and other experts in both urban development and enterprise development to learn about each others’ disciplines and explore potential synergy. How can cross-sector learning and partnerships strengthen our response to the challenges of our urban future?… Read More ›
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