Regional Learning Workshop: Innovative Integrated Development Solutions to Advance Women’s Empowerment
Oxfam is hosting a regional learning workshop on “Innovative Integrated Development Solutions to Advance Women’s Empowerment” focusing on how innovative development programs working inclusively to support women expand their ability to succeed and advance economically so that they have the power to make and act on strategic life decisions.
Promoting Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) is seen as one of the most important driving forces behind reducing poverty and aiding economic growth. Thus this sharing workshop will bring relevant stakeholders together including government, I/NGOs, donor agencies, private sector representatives and acadamies being active in the field of women’s economic empowerment and community resilience development to share methods and approaches on a broad perspective but also to present concrete success stories/case studies to analyse the effects of programs or projects on women economic empowerment.
It will be both a scoping exercise to review the effectiveness of current interventions and a way of reflecting on the opportunities to bring relevant experiences up to scale with the final objective to improve Women Economic Empowerment.
The specific objectives of this workshop is to showcase practical experiences on how to incorporate WEE into program delivery in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, gender-based violence and women leadership, reproductive health, livelihoods and SMEs, urban migration, financial inclusion, MFIs and mobile banking, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, guidelines and policies.
It is aimed to inspire and motivate development programs willing to invest more on WEE by providing:
- Success stories, case studies and lesson learned concrete examples;
- Identifying key learning priorities and new process and/or products to address them;
- Increasing cross-collaboration among stakeholders, especially governments, donor agencies and the private sector via facilitating knowledge/experience exchanges, networking and mutual support on program intervention;
- Engaging in more investment from private sectors and donor agencies in WEE programs.
Download: Agenda Day 1 and Day 2
What the workshop will give you
Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) has become a pressing priority in recent years, as governments, the private sector, and donor agencies recognise its potential to simultaneously catalyse economic growth and contribute to broader human development.
However, programs often do not know ‘where to start’ when it comes to integrate WEE into their program.
The learning workshop will facilitate an exchange and sharing on practical lesson learned within existing programs, clarifying steps on the way from a basic minimum to achievement of the full potential in WEE program. It would provide opportunity to connect innovative program to resources available of donors’ investment.
The workshop will look beyond WEE activities and examine the transformative nature of WEE that enables it to act as a platform/catalyst of change enabling other forms of development to be realized. The four main themes to be explored during the workshop are as follows:
Private Sector Engagement Through Value Chain Development
Gain insight into the effect WEE can have on all levels of a value chain using Cambodian rice production as a case study. This session will take the form of a panel discussion between a representative from the private sector, a broker, a buyer, a farmer’s representative and an INGO agent.
Operationalizing Women’s Economic Empowerment: Political and Social Impacts
Women’s Economic Empowerment is only one part of Women’s Empowerment but it also plays a key role in catalyzing other facets of empowerment. This session examines how WEE, and the formation of inclusive finance platforms specifically, can lead to the political and social empowerment of women.
The Transformative Nature of Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Catalyst for Change
WEE as a platform for development: this session takes case studies from across the region that have used Oxfam’s Saving for Change WEE model and used it as a springboard to achieve other development outcomes in the areas of domestic violence, climate change, adaptation, natural resource management, etc.
Mapping Connections and Opportunities
The final interactive session will provide an opportunity for different stakeholders to engage with one another and learn about WEE projects across the region. In addition, challenging questions will be posed to the participants as a whole such as ‘What is the sustainability of WEE models like Saving for Change’? ‘What are the challenges faced in implementing WEE Projects in the region (political climate, access to finance, etc.)?’ A final wrap up session will summarize key learnings, make connections and linkages across sessions as well as facilitate an action plan for future engagement and development.
Date and venue
The learning workshop will be organized in Siem Reap province of the Kingdom of Cambodia between 25-26 January 2018 at Angkor Paradise Hotel.
- Representatives from communities
- Representatives from donor agencies
- Representatives from the private sector
- Representatives from the governments
- NGO practitioners and partners from Asia and the Pacific countries specifically Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Nepal.
Group photo with Excellency, honor guests and participants. Download this photo
- Pree Release
- Welcome Remarks by Solinn Lim, Cambodia Country Director, Oxfam
- Opening Remarks by Her Excellency Math Mara, Secretary of State, Ministry of Rural Development
- Closing Remarks by Sarah Knibbs, UN Women Representative
MaterialsBooklet About The Workshop Saving for Change: Stories From The Field
- A Market Systems Approach: the Future of Women's Economic Empowerment by Ms Deepa Manichan, Quality and Inclusion Advisor, Market Development Facility
- AmruRice’s Engagement to farmers “Farm to Market” by Mr. Song Saran, CEO of AmruRice (Cambodia) Co., Ltd
- About the “Unexploited” Opportunities in Modern Businesses by Jack Van Dokkum, Corporate Responsibility and Human Resource Director, Pactics Group
- Achieving Women Economic Empowerment in Food Systems by Laté Lawson-Lartego, Food Systems Director, Oxfam America
- Formal Financial Access and Supports toward Empowering Women by Yun Sovanna, General Secretary, Cambodia Microfinance Association
- Sustainable ‘Business Development Services Model’ embedded in microfinance for WEE by Anura Athapattu, Managing Director, Berendina Micro Investments Company Limited, Chairman- BDS and BEC
- Technology and Financial Inclusion by Ms Menghun Kaing, The Asia Foundation
- Innovation for Better Community by Rady Ros, Codingate
- Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment through ICT by Ms Shamim Ara Begum, Pollisree Bangladesh
- Pitch: Blockchain Innovation by Mathieu Vergez, Business Development Coordinator, Oxfam
Inclusive and Affordable Financial Facilities For Resilient and Developed Filipinos (I-AFFORD) by Ms Maria Abogado, Oxfam
ACLEDA Bank Plc. by Mr In Seng Hong
- Saving for Change: Unleashing women’s economic power by Sophie Romana, Director, Community Finance Department, Oxfam America
- Activity to enhance women in saving for change by Mrs Ninpaseuth Xayaphonesy, Director General, Department of Women’s in Development
- Entrance To Social And Politics Empowerment by Bengkel Appek, Indonesia
- Unleashing community women leaders’ potential through economic empowerment by Lorina Sthapit, Oxfam in Nepal
- Strengthening Women’s Economic Empowerment through SfC by Mr Jacinto Mala, Binibu Faef Nome (BIFANO) Timor Leste
- Financial Linkage between Formal and Informal Financial Sectors by Dr. Ngoun Sethykun
- Regional Trend in Women's Economic Empowerment by Kirsty Milev, Oxfam Facilitator