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
Team Leader SDC Alliances Programme Georgia
Focal Point, SDC A+FS Network
Felix Fellmann currently is the Focal Point of SDC's Agriculture and Food Security Network, based at the Global Programme Food Security at HQ in Bern. He has led the A+FS Network with a lot of enthusiasm, a zest for life and learning.This August, he will go on rotation and has been appointed as chef IZA in Bejing. Before he leaves for this new and exciting journey, he is looking back at the last years as Focal Point of the A+FS Network.
Enjoy a very short video where Swisscontact explains its role as a facilitator in the chicken/ maize value chain in Bangladesh: here
An international Meeting for the creation of a Latin American Network for MSD took place end of January 2017 in Lima, Peru, organized by ASOCAM, BEAM Exchange and Swisscontact with support from ILO. 60 participants from 35 organizations (governments, NGOs, academy, private sector, research Institutes, bi- and multilateral donors) from 12 countries participated in order to exchange and share lessons of good practices, lessons learned and challenges in the application of systemic approaches in Latin America; to network; and to share strategic inputs on joint aspirations to promote the approach and the network in Latin America and the Caribbean.
>> more information about the event here >> synthesis report (spanish) of the event
Listen to our colleagues Rochus Mommartz (responsability) and Annette Kraus (Center for Microfinance, University of Zurich) being interviewed on the issue of Microfinance Funds. The 5 minutes long interview was aired on Swiss National Radio on March 15th 2017. It is in German. Among other highlights of this interesting interview, please don’t lose the moment (at 59 seconds) when Rochus gets all exited about 2017 being the first year ever that Microfinance beneficiaries in India have the possibility to open a savings account at their Microfinance Institution: here
On March 16th we held a Savings and Credit Forum on:
What are Social Performance Management and Reporting Practices of Financial Institutions and Microfinance Impact Investor?
The Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF) is a public-private development partnership dedicated 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 19 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.
Project highlights in Product upscaling (November 2016 to February 2017)
KiWi – making fintech work for micromerchants in Mexico: How technology can transform the microfinance industry
“KiWi card payment solution for micromerchants in Mexico“ ©Courtesy of KiWi
Optimising claims under the PGMF Beneficiary Welfare Programme in Myanmar: “PGMF borrower impacted by a high-wind event. The loan officer conducting a damage assessment“ (picture to the right) © Courtesy of Stonestep
There are several projects in the pipeline in Tunisia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Kenya, Colombia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Zambia, Kenya, Ivory Coast, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Opportunity International Switzerland joined the SCBF
SCBF has cordially welcomed Opportunity International Switzerland as a new member, which joined in the second half of 2016. With that, SCBF´s membership base has grown to 19 organisations.
Opportunity International Switzerland (charitable Swiss foundation) is associated partner of the Opportunity International Network. Since 1971, OI has provided access to loans, savings and insurance to help women grow small businesses; teachers build local schools and smallholder farmers to increase their crop yields. Opportunity is actively serving 12 million hardworking entrepreneurs in 25 countries around the world.
The SDC funded project "Skills for Jobs Albania" was recently featured in Swisscontact's online magazine "Stories from the field". The programme supports Albania's new skills strategy and compromises three components:
- Improvement of the quality of formal and non-formal VSD in selected sectors, benefiting the private sector and increasing accessibility to women and youth.- Multi-Functional Centres establishing sustainable and innovative relations with the private sector.- Functionality at the provider level of inclusive labour market insertion facilities and instruments.
Click here to learn more about the programme in general and what it has to do with the new female Zuckerbergs.
GIZ launched the new compact quarterly "TVET Telegraph". Each issue will focus on a certain topic, which is highly relevant for German VET cooperation. The current issue is dedicated to the topic of Skills Development in the Context of forced Displacement and Migration. Besides that, the team behind the newsletter will update you on recent publications and upcoming events (just like we do). To subscribe to the service, write an email to email@example.com and indicate whether you prefer the englisch or german edition. Click here to read the first issue in german or english.
The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d) launched two new research projects in the field of VSD:
Both projects were selected during a two-stage process (read more here). Researchers should also have a look at the current third thematically open call for research projects.
Between 3rd and 7th April 2017 we will be seeking your feedback and comments on the revised version of the SDC MSD Management Guidance!
After receiving very positive feedback but also a lot of suggestions for improvements to the 2014 version of the guidance (available here, the e+i Network Focal Point commissioned a revised version of the guidance. The revision is based on interviews with more than 10 key informants who are championing market systems development within and for SDC.
Please reserve some time during that week to engage in a lively discussion! We will share a draft version of the guidance before the start of the discussion.
This training course, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) is aimed at programme staff and managers leading value chain projects, as well as donors, consultants and UN system agencies. The training focuses on how to facilitate the development of sustainable business models to secure lasting results and how to facilitate market system development, how to strengthen inclusive market systems how to engage the private sector and how to manage value-chain development programmes. >> more
(save the date)The 2017 SEEP Network Annual Conference. It will afford exciting new opportunities to engage with key themes and key players in inclusive market development. >> more soon More details will be announced son under: http://www.seepnetwork.org/2017-seep-network-annual-conference-events-439.php
Each year, over 500 youth and economic development experts from more than 50 countries gather at the GYEO Summit to connect, exchange, and collaborate. The 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit theme will explore what the future of work holds for young people in developing contexts and for professionals working to expand youth economic opportunities globally in a changing world of work. >>more
The programme is aimed at experienced practitioners and decision makers in private sector development who are looking for deep insights from both theory and practice in how economies change and what the role of development actors can be to foster this change. This includes systematic approaches to how interventions can be designed in the often messy and complex reality of economic development. The content is relevant for practitioners who work in Local Economic Development (LED) or related approaches, Market Systems Development and M4P, and other Private Sector Development approaches. >> more
The SEEP Network is hosting an international conference on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and the fundamental systemic barriers which impede scalable and sustainable change. The forum will bring together leading stakeholders in the field of WEE in order to facilitate dialogue, build global learning connections and promote effective practice and police to address the needs of very poor and marginalized women around the world. The ultimate goal and frame of the convening will focus on how we can contribute to systemic shifts that help women to realise sustainable economic empowerment across sectors. >>more
Please refer to the brochure for full details andconditions for the event. Details are also available on the website, where you may also apply on-line: firstname.lastname@example.org). An MS Word version of the application form can be found here for your convenience (please email completed forms to email@example.com).The official closing date for applications is 3 March 2017, but we have had a lot of early interest in this event so expect the places to fill up quickly.
This programme focuses directly on a key challenge facing governmentsand development agencies: how to improve marketsystems for businesses and for poor people? The programme builds on the Springfield Centre's successful record in offering training on the marketdevelopment approach to more than 1,700 people over the last 17 years.
The one day introductory course on June 27th gives a basic understanding and overview of the topic. It is directly followed by this two-day advanced course. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the main issues, problem areas and current trends in financial systems development. They apply state-of-the-art tools for monitoring and evaluating the financial and social performance of investments in microfinance and financial sector development. Participants can also characterise different microfinance investment instruments and vehicles and understand the key principles of risk management of microfinance investments.
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This introductory course of one day allows participants to gain basic understanding of how microfinance works, how it relates to financial systems, how product development responds to demand and addresses financial market imperfections, and what tools exist to analyze success and risk factors.
This one day course is directly followed by a two-day advanced course. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the main issues, problem areas and current trends in financial systems development. They apply state-of-the-art tools for monitoring and evaluating the financial and social performance of investments in microfinance and financial sector development. Participants can also characterise different microfinance investment instruments and vehicles and understand the key principles of risk management of microfinance investments. (>>more)
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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).
Under this link: http://www.fobbiz.ch/de/fobbiz-preis/
you can find the documentation of the event.
For more Information about the event, click here.
The course will aim to make planners and policy-makers more aware of the importance and positive impact of careers guidance in developing and emerging economies. The target group are directors of public and private training institutions; representatives of employers'/workers' organizations representatives of ministries of labour and education. Application deadline is May 5. Read more here.
The 2017 Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit will focus on hope for children and young people in humanitarian crises. Participants include Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Pierre Krähenbühl, General Commissioner of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Ambassador Manuel Sager, Director General of the SDC and Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Delegate for Swiss Humanitarian Aid and Head of the SHA. More information and the registration form is available here.
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.
It is a highly complex task to design and implement projects in the field of international development cooperation. This is one of the reasons why everyone who works in the field relies on useful resources and regular exchange with peers. Therefore, the Focal Point offers SDC e+i network members expert support for up to 8 hours. Learn more about this service here (we've even produced a short video for you).
SDC new Education strategy covering both basic education (BE) and vocational skills development (VSD) was approved by the SDC directorate in mid-February 2017. As mentioned in the Dispatch for international cooperation for 2017 to 2020, approved by the Swiss parliament, the engagement in education (BE & VSD) will increase by 50% in comparison to the previous period (2013-2016). The Strategy provides orientation for its engagement in transition, development and humanitarian contexts. SDC’s Education Strategy develops how basic education and vocational skills development are interrelated and mutually reinforcing, without losing sight of the interconnection of VSD with labor market integration and economic development. It provides a modular framework allowing for adapted responses to partner countries contexts, needs and priorities. It contains 6 strategic orientations on 1) education systems governance, 2) quality and relevance, 3) inclusion and equity, 4) transition to work, 5) sustainability, cohesion and resilience and 6) global and regional agenda.
On May 31, 2017 the SDC Education Strategy will officially be launched in Bern. At the launching event the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO will also present their new position paper on Skills Development in Economic Development Cooperation. Please save the date, more information coming soon!
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.
‘The Swiss Confederation - a brief guide' contains information about Switzerland's political system, the administration and its judicial authorities. In addition to explaining the workings of the state it also provides an insight into the activities of the Federal Administration.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and its activities are presented on page 45 et seq.
This case study explores and
explains the RisiAlbania media intervention which aims to make mass media an
ongoing provider of information on employment issues. This is one of the first
times that media has been used in a sustainable way in a development project
focusing on addressing youth unemployment. The experience of the project has
application not only to employment interventions but also more widely in
development projects which have a focus and ambition for sustainability and
creating scale through replication within the market. This case study explains
an intervention where mass media is not merely a paid messenger, but a
stakeholder that can provide the information that is essential to the effective
operation of industries, markets and sectors.
Inclusive business support is a growing priority for manydonor and development agencies but views on the most effective support optionsvary. This scoping paper focuses on business environment reform: How canagencies help create an enabling environment for inclusive business in partnercountries? And how, if at all, does this differ from regulatory and policy reformto facilitate private investment in general? In order to help answer thesequestions, this paper summarizes a very large body of emerging evidence, structuringit into key debates for further exploration.
This report examines the incentives and constraints to adaptive programming across the donor-implementer relationship – and how the behaviour that results influences market systems programming.
There is also a blog post from Karry Byrne on the incentives and constraints to adaptive programming across the donor-implementer relationship.
A Legal Road Map for Social Impact Bonds in Developing Countries looks at Social Impact Bonds (SIBs); a financial mechanism that enables investors to pay for a set of interventions to improve a social outcome in collaboration with the government.
The SIB model presents a rare opportunity for the private sector to work with governments to fund essential social programmes that address the community’s needs. The innovation of the bond is in the repayment – investors are only repaid if and when the social outcomes, such as reducing homelessness or prisoner rehabilitation, are achieved.
The authors of this working paper examine eight international VET reforms through their first year. They find that cases where employers are highly engaged make more progress, excepting powerful top-down reforms. High employer engagement seems riskier because of the greater investment by firms, but the returns it generates lets high-engagement reforms sidestep the prisoner’s dilemma and improve implementation progress.
Keywords are: vocational education and training, education reform, implementation, employer engagement