Dear members of the e+i and the A&FS network,
We are very happy to present you with this year's first 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 experts
SDC 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
HQ Program Manager in SDC’s Global Institutions division, focusing on private sector and development finance
Chargé de programme développement rural, DDC Niger
Quelles aspects de ton travail est-ce que tu aimes ? Qu’est-ce qui le rend spécial ?À la fois principale branche de l’économie nigérienne en terme de sources de revenus, d’emplois et d’alimentation, l’agriculture familiale subit des risques climatiques et économiques (incertitudes des marchés). Les politiques agricoles obsolètes (choix inopérants ; sous- investissements) jusque- là mises en œuvre fragilisent d’avantage les exploitations familiales au point l’assistance alimentaire tend à devenir la règle. L’amélioration des performances de l’agriculture familiale est enjeu décisif au Niger et la coopération Suisse l’a perçu. Soutenir des acteurs locaux à concrétiser leurs initiatives dans cette perspective constitue une partie du mon travail que j’aime le plus. L’inclusion des femmes et des jeunes dans les chaines de valeurs agricoles constitue le second dossier sur lequel je travaille à la DDC et me donne un fil conducteur spécial en matière de réductions des inégalités dans le secteur rural.
Quelles sont tes instruments préfères ?L’approche « accompagnement » est ma « préférée ». Fondée sur la prise de responsabilité des partenaires, elle tient compte de leur choix et ajuste les appuis à leurs capacités et leurs potentiels.
Ton message à tes collègues :La DDC dispose de ressources humaines qualifiées et très engagées sur les enjeux de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation. Le travail en réseau présente une plus-value que nous devrions privilégier davantage.
This Savings & Credit Forum was organized by SDC in partnership with Ashoka - the largest network of social entrepreneurs and Obviam, manager of the SIFEM, the Swiss development Finance Institution. We looked at the topic of blended finance (also called hybrid finance by Ashoka) for social entrepreneurs and how to bridge the gap between public sector/ philanthropy and social impactor investors and investees. >> find out more
The SwissCapacity Building Facility (SCBF) is a public-private development partnershipdedicated to improving the lives and livelihoods of low-income people and micro-entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies. It is a grant-making organisation with the objective to promote financial inclusion as a strategy for alleviating poverty.
SCBF currently unites 18 Switzerland-based member organisations, including SDC as the public partner and core funder. The members greatly contribute through their expertise, ensuring SCBF stays focused and selects high-impact projects for capacity building support. This creates a unique partnership working to help partner financial institutions to enhance their outreach to financially excluded populations, as part of social and economic development work.
Gender-focused savings-linked insurance for Microfund for Women in Jordan Phone ergonomics for improved uptake of Acre Africa´s mobile microinsurance in Kenya CareGiver insurance roll-out at Lead Foundation in Egypt Expanding outreach of group lending and non-financial services to Syrian women refugees by Microfund for Women in Jordan
Financial education KiWi – digital platform for micromerchants in Mexico
There are also several projects in the pipeline in Ivory Coast, Haiti, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Product up-scaling Institutional strengthening to scale up financial intermediation and financial inclusion by Apoyo Integral in Guatemala Access to water and energy through microfinance by PRIDE RFW in Tanzania Access to water and energy through microfinance by Buusaa Gonofaa & Wasasa MFI in Ethiopia Promotion of women-run small businesses by Equity Bank Tanzania: Launch of Fanikisha+ loan product Introduction and up-scaling of microloans for the distribution of biochar stoves by ASA in Ghana
[by Sonenaly Phetsiriseng - National Program Officer Employment & Skills Lao PDR] Switzerland and Luxembourg are joining hands for a new vocational education and skills development project in Lao PDR. ‘Skills for Tourism’ will promote sustainable and inclusive growth of the tourism and hospitality sector in Lao PDR thereby contributing to poverty reduction. It is expected that graduates of improved and expanded tourism and hospitality skills development, in particular disadvantaged young people, will find gainful employment in tourism and hospitality. The project builds on previous and ongoing support for vocational education and skills development in Lao PDR, from both Switzerland and Luxembourg. Read more.
The training course provides a basic introduction into the concept and methods of the M4P approach. M4P is a systemic approach that attempts to understand and overcome the failure of systems to serve the needs of the poor. Contrary to traditional project approaches, where implementing agencies provide or support services directly to the poor, within M4P an agency acts as a facilitator who aligns key players and key functions of a system to produce sustainable benefits for the poor.
Course Coordinators: Peter Bissegger, Markus Kupper, Swisscontact - Matthias Herr, Maja Rüegg, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation - Prof. Dr. Rolf Kappel, NADEL
Registration forms and admission requirements: Please visit NADEL's website for the registration forms and more information about the admission requirements.
The symposium addresses five core elements of the german dVET system: the private-public partnership, learning during the workflow, the acceptance of standards, the qualification of the vocational training personnel and the institutionalization of research and consultancy. The event is organized by the GIZ in collaboration with Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. Read more (german only).
The conference is organized by Teach A Man To Fish in association with Fundación Paraguaya. This year's theme is "Schools For Success: Educating Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs". The list of speakers includes leaders of business, enterprise and sustainable education from Paraguay, South Africa and the UK. The winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2015 from Zambia, India, the Ukraine and Scotlandwill also participate. Read more here.
This four week online training course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to measure the results of your programme using the DCED Standard for Results Measurement. Participants are expected to spend at least a day a week working on the course. Learning materials will include online lectures, a course forum, live discussions, and guided exercises. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. >> more
This course is based on the DCED framework to design and implement PSD interventions in a conflict-sensitive way, and understand the linkages and contribution of PSD to all aspects of peace-building and development. It is jointly organized by the ILO's Training Centre and GIZ under the auspices of the DCED. More information and registration here.
Our next Savings & Credit Forum will take place at the University of Zurich on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.Please save the date and have a look at the programme here.
Previous to the Forum, on March 15th (full day) and March 16th (until noon) there will be the SPTF Social Investors Meeting at the same venue. A draft programme is still inpreparation. There will be space for up to 100 participants.
The microfinance sector is currently undergoing rapid transformation: along with fast-paced technology developments, customer demands are changing as well. Microfinance institutes are trying to develop new products and services for the market. Meanwhile, traditional banks and credit unions are also entering the market. Governments and regulatory authorities are faced with the challenge of implementing frameworks to stabilise, strengthen, and improve performance of local financial systems. Swisscontact invites representatives from the business world and the public sector to discuss these challenges. The theme will be fostering dialogue and understanding the roles of private business, the state, and science in international development cooperation. This event offers insights into the dynamics of the current financial system in less developed markets, showing the interplay between supply and demand for financial services.
Please click here to find more the agenda and register for the event.
Rooted in Switzerland’s own unique and strong system, vocational education and training (VET) has been one of the key pillars in Swiss international cooperation ever since itsbeginnings. After a slack period, VET is back on the agenda of international cooperation.The aim of the training course is to strengthen the capacity of the participants in portfoliomanagement for VET, skills development and active labor market policies. Please visit NADEL's website for the registration forms or more information about the admission requirements.
[Only in FRENCH] La rénovation des dispositifs nationaux de FAR est bien engagée dans un nombre croissant de pays, leurs stratégies d’intervention étant pour la plupart d’entre eux clairement posées, en ligne avec les stratégies nationales de développement agricole et rural. Une des questions majeures reste toutefois posée : comment faciliter l’ancrage de ces dispositifs de formation et leur contextualisation dans leurs territoires de manière durable.
Expliciter les niveaux différents auxquels l’ancrage de la FAR peut se faire en fonction des situations nationales ;
Définir, dans une logique de partenariat et du point de vue des collectivités, les différentes formes d’organisation et de financement envisageables pour cet ancrage ;
Définir une grille d’analyse aidant à guider la construction et la pérennisation d’une offre régionale de formation adaptée à la demande locale et procurant des services appropriés aux différentes catégories de bénéficiaires.
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.
The Swiss Forum for Skills Development and International Cooperation (FoBBIZ) annually awards a price for successful, innovative and sustainable international skills development projects and concepts.Particularly, the FoBBIZ Prize is intended to draw attention to ideas,experiences or outcomes in this field within an international context. The prize is awarded to concepts, projects or developments that can be implemented at different levels (i.e. at the education system level, the institutional level or in teaching-learning processes). Deadline for the submission of registration forms is 31st October. The monetary award for the first and second prize is CHF 5000 respectively CHF 3000. Read more here or visit the FoBBIZ page where you find background information and the registration forms in french, german or english (right panel).
The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFIVET offers a new programme for international VET decision makers, experts and other interested parties. The CAS programme will provide participants with a detailed understandingof the Swiss system of upper-secondary level vocational education and training as well as tertiary level professional education. Participants will bring their country/company-specific questions into the programme and elaborate on solutions for their own country. Read more about the programme here.
Youth make up 40% of the world’s unemployed, with 74.2 million young people seeking work. Meanwhile rural depopulation is on the rise and agriculture is characterised by an increasingly ageing workforce. Yet young people are not motivated to take up agriculture as it is seen as tough work for no pay. Watch how SNV are working with them to change this!
Employment and economic inclusion for young people drives innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity in developing countries and is essential to secure sufficient food for a growing population. SNV's answer to the challenges facing young people is Opportunities for Youth Employment, a solution matching market needs and business opportunities to customised training and enterprise programmes for young people.