Dear members of the e+i as well as the A&FS network,
We are very happy to present you already with the 3rd edition of our joint newsletter and wish you good reading.Peter Beez Felix FellmannFocal Point e+i Focal Point A+FS
e+i Reminder: Support by external expertsSDC e+i network members can use various experts up to one day of work (no bureaucracy, just inform the FP e+i) for thematic support such as commenting on documents like TORs, webinar on approaches and methodologies, brief literature overview on a certain topic, etc. If you need more time, ask ahead, maybe it is of general interest for the network:Support PSD / FSDSupport VSD
Project Manager - MarketMakers Project , HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Food Security Manager for the Horn of Africa, SDC Nairobi
SDC e+i side event at the DCED Global Seminar in Bangkok: From 14.-16. March 2016, DCED held its Global Seminar. Around 130 participants from all over the world attended the Seminar, around 35 participants from SDC financed projects. The SDC e+i network organized a small side-event with the objective to bring together the network community, provide a space to exchange and network and share latest news around Results Measurement: (1) Swisscontact shared their experience with SenseMaker as a new methodology for capturing systemic change. (2) The SDC good practice paper: "Monitoring and Measuring Results in Private Sector Development" was presented and discussed. (3) HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation shared and discussed preliminary findings of its study with the objective to define and elaborate what “right-sizing” MRM system means.>> for more information please contact Annick Vollmar
The programme and the presentations of the 3rd Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance can be downloaded here. The event took place on 22nd March 2016.
The Savings and Credit Forum on: Inclusive finance promoting high impact solutions for low income populations in rural communities:The PAMIGA model for improved access to water and energy
was held on March 3, 2016. All the presentations can be downloaded here.
The SCBF is SDC’s major public-private development partnership with the Swiss financial sector to promote financial inclusion in the South. Activities under management since inception in 2011:
Product Up-scaling interventions: Approved interventions: 56 / Overall volume: CHF 11.80 mio / Approved SCBF contributions: CHF 7.00 mio / Self-contribution by partner financial intermediaries and third parties: CHF 4.8 mio (41%)
Feasibility Studies: Approved studies: 15 / Overall volume: CHF 2.15 mio / Approved SCBF contributions: CHF 1.39 mio / Self-contribution by partner financial intermediaries and third parties: CHF 0.76 mio (avg 35%)
Financial Education Campaigns: Approved campaigns: 9 / Overall volume: CHF 1.92 mio / Approved SCBF contributions: CHF 1.13 mio / Self-contribution by partner financial intermediaries and third parties CHF 0.79 mio. (avg 41%)
Highlights since the last newsletter:
Myanmar: SME lendingMexico: digital payment platformZimbabwe: microinsurance greenfieldingMyanmar: microinsurance claims optimizationMexico: digital ROSCA platform
A regional SDC-workshop on vocational skills development (VSD) took place in Colombia in February 2016. It gathered heads of SDC's VSD projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the people responsible for this theme in Embassies/Cooperation Offices. The focus was on school-to-work transitions and on coordination with the private sector. Part of the workshop was held with SDC's gender regional network and addressed the interplays between gender and VSD/employment issues. Presentations and reports (in Spanish) are available here.
The Ministry of Labour of Mongolia awarded SDC as "The Best Partner Organisation in the Labour Sector", recognising its contribution into the development of the Vocation Education and Training sector in Mongolia. SDC is funding two projects in this sector: Vocational Education and Training Project and the Vocational Skills Development Project. The results of the projects have been recognised by the government and private sector. The new tools and methodologies have been approved by the stakeholders for nation-wide replication. In addition to the hard skills - technical competencies, the Mongolian youth need to build and strengthen the soft- life skills. SDC supports the Life-skills Education through its Youth Development Programme. The Life-skills trainings and channels to deliver it (including the VET schools) to the youth have been highly appreciated by the Ministry of Labour and the local labour offices in the regions. Other partners, such as GIZ and KOICA have been nominated for their long years contributions into the sector. The selection criteria were the significance of results, scope of contribution and innovation.
Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training (PROMOST) is a 12 years program started in 2013 in the Western Province of Rwanda. The second phase will start in February 2016 and SDC intends to extend the project to Burundi and the DRC in the medium term. This project combines the building of Vocational Training Centers (VTC), the development of competency-based curricula and the reinforcement of local ownership by strengthening the partnership with and the involvement of the private sector. Read more here.
The Embassy of Switzerland's Office for International Cooperation, in collaboration with WorldFish and CARE International, and in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, is launching a project titled Sustainable Transformation of Egypt's Aquaculture Market System (STREAMS), aimed at boosting production of inexpensive, nutritious and safe fish from sustainable aquaculture systems in Egypt. Press Release
In January 2016, the 2nd phase of the project "Formation professionelle: modules pratiques pour renforcer l'employabilité des jeunes" was launched in Tunisia. The project, which is to run until the end of 2020 with a budget of CHF 9.6 Mio, focuses on the integration of young degree holders into the labour market, i.e. by providing them with practical working skills in so-called "entreprise d'entraînement". Unemployment, which is particularly high among young men and women who have completed higher education, has proven to be an important driver of social unrest and instability in Tunisia. The project builds on experiences from the first phase and contains a significant scaling up of these activities. It also includes innovative approaches, such as working with the private sector on creating a working environment that promotes the integration and valorization of young professionals within an organization. The implementing partner of the project is swisscontact.
Issues on the agenda:
Energising Development (EnDev) is an energy access partnership currently financed by seven donor countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Sweden. EnDev promotes sustainable access to modern energy services that meet the needs of the poor - long lasting, affordable, and appreciated by users. As of December 2015, EnDev works in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Since 2005, EnDev has facilitated energy access for 15.5 million people, promoting access to Sustainable Energy for All.
Objective of the event: Knowledge and strategic discussion with colleagues of SDC.
Format: Brief input presentations and a moderated discussion
For more information about the event please click here.Please register for this event here as soon as possible since places are limited
***SDC staff: If the registration form is blocked, please use your private computer or send an email to Jolanda Nasi***
Contact person: Jolanda Nasi NMX - email@example.com
The annual Summer Academy of Mesopartner has become an important
capacity-building event for economic development practitioners around the
world. This year the theme of the Summer Academy will be Territorial Economic
Development, with a specific emphasis on green economic development and climate
change implications in territories. For more information and registration
The Beam International Conference (19-20 May), preceeded by MSD Training (18 May).
The BEAM Conference is a must attend conference for senior-level staffworking in development and utilising, or interested in using, market systemsapproaches to reduce poverty. The conference focuses on evidence, results andinsights and innovative practices and will provide a platform for networking, learningfrom and sharing experiences as well as for influencing the market systemsagenda.
In order to get the most out of the event, BEAM is supporting two key market systems focused training sessions on Wednesday, 18 May, the day before the conference officially opens. The training run by MEDA deals with women's economic empowerment and market systems programmes and the training run by HELVETAS deals with how to address youth employment promotion in a systemic manner. Further information and registration
Further information and registration
The Springfield Center offers the next two-week training programme on Making Markets Work in Bangkok, Thailand.Closingdate for applications was 18th February 2016>> download the brochure
Two-day course that covers on the first day in-depth key microfinance aspects like financial and social performance, risk management, funding strategies, and selected case studies at the level of microfinance institutions. The second day covers financial and social performance as well as risk management at the level of microfinance investment vehicles
A one-day course that offers a very intensive overview of microfinance, including a short introduction to microinsurance
The founding event and symposium of the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education and Training (DC dVET) is taking place on Thursday 14th of April 2016 in Lucerne (Switzerland). The event will start with the public launch of the Donor Committee. With great pleasure we announce that Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Deputy Director SDC, will host this founding ceremony. In the afternoon at the symposium we will discuss selected questions on dual vocational education and training in development cooperation. Please find more information here. We will be very happy to welcome you at the event and ask you to register by using the Online Registration or via www.dcdualvet.com. Find the videos of the event here.
Update: All presentation slides are avaiblabe here (german only).
This years annual meeting will focus on the use of new media in the field of vocational education. In addition to the workshops and speeches, the book "Exportartikel Berufsbildung? Internationale Bildungszusammenarbeit zwischen Armutsreduktion und Wirtschaftsförderung“ will be launched at the event. Please click here to register for the event. To read the full invitation click here.
The global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training Berlin. For more information click here.
Update: Read a summary of the event here. A regional SDC workshop will take place from 29 August to 2 September 2016 in Prishtina, Kosovo. It targets SDC staff and invitees from the Western Balkan Region and will be dealing with Vocational Skills Development. A detailed agenda is currently under development. Participation only upon invitation. Results will be shared within the network.
The theme to be explored by this edition is «From Skills to Prosperity – Sharing
Elements of Success». Its focus lies on the international exchange
of successful principles within different VPET systems. Prominent speakers from
both Switzerland and abroad will take part in this congress, including top
political, economic, scientific figures responsible for decision-making on
vocational education and training matters.
You find furhter information on the congress here.