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  • 1. M4P and WEE: field-testing the WEE guidelinesMaja RüeggAdvisor Market DevelopmentHELVETAS Swiss IntercooperationSDC e+i F2F, 15/05/2013
  • 2. Content1.  Background to the process on M4P and Women‘sEconomic Empowerment (WEE)2.  The draft and the revised guidelines3.  Introduction to the field test4.  Overall usefulness and most useful questions5.  Priorisation of key success factors6.  Suggestions for next steps and discussion
  • 3. M4P and WEE: the process so farJan2012•  Discussion paper by Linda JonesMarch2012•  E-discussion within SDC‘s private sector developmentdgroupMay2012•  SDC e+i network‘s Public seminar and internalworkshopJune2012•  Draft WEE guidelinesNov 12-May 13•  Revision of the guidelinese+i Shareweb ! Making markets work ! Transversal Themes in M4P
  • 4. The draft WEE guidelines and SDC‘sfeedback•  Generally good and useful•  Integrate into M4Poperational guide and/orpublish as real guidelines(only part B)•  Revise definitions andcertain statements•  Reduce and rephrasequestions•  Structure key successfactors
  • 5. The revised WEE guidelinesContent reduced to•  Guiding questions•  16 Key factors for success•  Glossary
  • 6. Testing the draft WEE guidelinesObjectives of thefield test:1. Narrow down listof questions2. Reflect on keysuccess factors3. Identify gapsProject staff withsupport from HOadvisorsSynthesis reportRLDPTanzania•  Sunflower sector;contract farming•  Desk analysisand field work•  Questionssections 3-5SamriddhiBangladesh•  Considering all12 Value Chains•  Workshop andfield validation•  Questionssection 4
  • 7. Overall usefulness• Both RLDP and Samriddhi teams found theguidelines – and the process – helpful• Actions and new insights• From setting numerical targets towards addressingwomen‘s strategic needs• Frustration with the length and repetitivenessThis helped us to widen the knowledge on genderissues which will help us improving strategies toachieve gender equality with partners- RLDP staff
  • 8. Some of the most useful questions – section 3• What is the goal for women of the specific intervention?• Is there a need to target women specifically?- Based on constraints analysis- Thinking “women-specific”• What are the risks women, or men, will be harmed?it brought us to reason whether gender is really mainstreamedinto this intervention. The “consider this” section asks you to gobeyond attendance or outreach issues. - RLDP staff“Of course our daily work has increased, but this is not a burden to us. We arehappy to be making money and to be able to decide what to spend it on.... Forexample, household utensils, educational materials for our children, even a sarifor ourselves.” - Lila Begum, Committee Secretary, Nilphamari District
  • 9. Some of the most useful questions – section 4• What is the impact of the initial intervention on women?- More income? Higher return on labour?- More time? Less unpaid work? Better quality of work?- More decision making authority? A change in women’s roles?- Etc.we were able tounderstand thedynamics aroundincome earned andcollaboration withinthe households.- RLDP staffwhen taken to its fullextent, it covers all theimportant issues thatwe considered forwomen’s engagementin a value chain.- Samriddhi staff
  • 10. Some of the most useful questions – section 5•  All questions are considered important(mainstream WEE in impact logics,indicators, baseline, projections ofchange, measurement plan, analysis andfeedback loop)Through our gender-disaggregatedM&E system, we can track if thingsare going well, and identify wherethere are problems in good time toreact.- Samriddhi team
  • 11. Prioritizing the key success factors1.  Mainstream WEE from the start2.  Conduct good background research on genderroles3.  Investigate women’s other roles4.  Make a business case for women5.  Consider the gender-responsiveness of partners6.  Build capacity and systems for gendermainstreaming7.  Ensure potential for up-scaling
  • 12. Suggestion to restructure the guidelines•  Use key success factors as guiding structure of the guidelines•  Selected number of key questions•  Sub-questions (“consider this”) in text boxes with short, specificexamples
  • 13. Some discussion questionsHave you made any experience with the WEEguidelines so far?Do you see a need to apply the guidelines in theprojects and programmes you are familiar with?What needs to be done in your view toencourage the application of guidelines?
  • 14. Thank you!