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  • Asset Building
    you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Asset Building Monday 19 January 2015 Economic Strengthening Building Assets for Vulnerable Youth in Afghanistan Jennifer Denomy Director Youth Economic Opportunities From 2008 to 2011 MEDA implemented the Afghan Secure Futures project ASF in Kabul ASF focused on improving the lives of as many as 1 000 vulnerable boys mainly between the ages of 14 and 18 who were living in Kabul and working as apprentices in the construction sector Why take an indirect approach M any economic strengthening ES projects use indirect approaches Some seek to benefit youth through one of the social units to which they belong such as their family 1 Family focused projects typically focus on increasing the earnings of children s parents with the assumption that this will be partly spent to benefit children Seeking to benefit children and younger youth through their workplaces is less common among ES programming Tags Afghan Secure

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/asset-building (2016-02-17)
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  • Spotlight
    Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Spotlight Thursday 19 February 2015 MEDA Expert Spotlight Adam Bramm and Nicki Post Guest Perceptions Solutions for Women and Youth in Entrepreneurship MEDA s Youth Economic Opportunities team is proud to be spotlighting two of our very own MEDA experts who particpated in a Global Entrepreneurship Week GEW discussion hosted by Chemonics Adam Bramm Senior Consultant Project Manager of Women s Economic Opportunities and Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager of Youth Economic Opportunities participated in the event and provided insightful dialogue to further the agenda for women youth and entrepreneurship This article was developed by Christy Sisko Manager of Chemonics Economic Growth and Trade practice The original article can be accessed here Tags Spotlight Global Entrepreneurship Week Entrepreneurship Women Youth Continue reading Youth in Development 4421 Hits Youth

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/spotlight (2016-02-17)
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  • Outreach
    Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Outreach Tuesday 23 December 2014 To Partner or Not to Partner When Implementing Youth Financial Programs Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities Forging the right partnerships between Financial Service Providers FSPs Youth Serving Organizations YSOs and other key stakeholders such as schools and local government can be a key factor to successfully and sustainably serving youth clients However partnerships are not always the answer This blog explores whether or not to partner as well as the nature of partnerships themselves and is targeted to FSPs and YSOs which deliver youth savings programs By Nicki Post and Ryan Newton Women s World Banking Tags Partnership Outreach Youth Economic Opportunities Youth in Development Continue reading Youth in Development 4123 Hits Youth Connect Youth Connect Youth

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/outreach (2016-02-17)
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  • Loan Officers
    MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Loan Officers Monday 20 April 2015 Praxis Series Entry 2 Don t forget the loan officers Nicki Post Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities Although youth between the ages of 18 30 often represent between 15 30 of total active clients in MFI portfolios they are often labeled as undesirable and risky and many more youth applicants are turned away by Microfinance institutions MFIs MEDA s financial institution partners in Morocco Attadamoune Microfinance and INMAA wanted their staff to better engage with youth clients as they saw youth as a segment with great market potential These innovative MFIs with MEDA support developed a training program to train frontline staff better address the financial needs of young clients MEDA documented the efficacy of this training and explored any stated youth client interaction change amongst loan officers LOs and MFI staff in our recent Loan Officer Case Study The sessions within the training helped LOs and staff identify new techniques for prospecting potential youth clients and provided fundamental training on financial education only 34 of LOs had been exposed to financial education sessions previously The LOs added that due to the training they would be able to improve their communication with youth aid in increasing th e share of youth in their respective portfolios be able to better cater to youth clients and provide them the basic information on budgeting debt management savings and financial negotiation all sessions covered in financial education training Tags Financial

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  • Keyhole Gardens
    Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Keyhole Gardens Thursday 12 November 2015 Keyhole Gardens and Marital Harmony in Northern Ghana Devon Krainer Program Manager Evaluation How might vegetables and marital harmony be connected In the spring of 2014 the staff in MEDA s Women s Economic Opportunities team may have shrugged and said nothing By the spring of 2015 they had a different perspective A study based on a MEDA pilot project in northern Ghana around Key Hole Gardens found that 58 of participants reported increased marital harmony as a result of the gardens Although surprising at first the study found that women s increased access to vegetables allowed them to both cook more diverse food at home a fact their husbands enjoy and obtain some financial income which is also viewed positively within the household Tags Keyhole Gardens Women s Economic Opportunities Ghana Agriculture

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/keyhole-gardens (2016-02-17)
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  • VSAYs
    MEDA Chapters Mennonite Entrepreneurs Conference Ways to Give Donate today Gift Solutions Catalogue Planned Giving Sarona Risk Capital Fund Farmer to Farmer MSCU Mutual Aid in Action Fundraise for MEDA AmazonSmile Donate while you shop Products Supporting MEDA Donate aeroplan miles Resources Publications The Marketplace Magazine Learning Centre Policies Logos and Branding My MEDA My Communication Preferences My Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar VSAYs Thursday 07 January 2016 E FACE comes to an end The closing of a fantastic project Farah Chandani Senior Consultant Project Manager Youth Economic Opportunities I had the privilege of working on the E FACE Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation project during its last year of implementation during which time I was able to research and consolidate information on the project and how it worked with youth in Ethiopia The project worked with both youth and adults to address the issue of exploitative labour Tags EFACE Ethiopia Child Labour Skills Training VSAYs Continue reading Youth in Development 203 Hits Youth Connect Youth Connect Youth News Intern Blogs YC Incentives for First Time Donors You

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  • ICT
    Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar ICT Wednesday 30 September 2015 Opportunities for ICT Innovations in Myanmar Sashi Selvendran As Myanmar slowly opens its doors to the world can it also leapfrog some of the biggest failures in development One of MEDA s newest projects to launch in Asia is in Myanmar also referred to as Burma A country in the midst of transition and change is slowly reducing barriers to foreign trade and influence and opening its once closed borders to global firms Myanmar now finds itself in the crossroads at the 21 st century s technology boom with global powerhouse neighbours such as India and China the country has a unique opportunity to learn and apply lessons learned in the entry to a globalized economy and marketplace Managing the economic boom that will result with the influx of capital and infrastructure to ensure equitable distribution and equal access to new opportunities is no small challenge And many international donors such as the Canadian Government are seeking to provide support by facilitating economic growth in less developed areas such as the country s ethnic states MEDA s project funded by DFATD focuses on reaching 25 000 women farmers and entrepreneurs in two of these states Southern Shan and Kayin MEDA plans to increase access to these new opportunities in rural areas of the country targeting women in select value chains with high growth potential And as the enabling environment gradually improves to foster private sector development the potential for new economic opportunities for rural women and men also grows rapidly Activities will focus on achieving women s economic empowerment with the proven benefits to the larger household and community As in other countries women farmers in Myanmar have less access to land ownership but

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/ict (2016-02-17)
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  • Corporate Partnerships
    Giving History MEDA Staff Logins Website Login Logout MEDA365 E mail Login MEDA365 SharePoint MEDA Master Photo Library Travel Tracker Navigation Home Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Corporate Partnerships Tuesday 02 February 2016 Can Corporate Partnerships Promote Gender Equality Christine Faveri Director Women s Economic Opportunities With 2015 behind us and a new year on the horizon what have we learned and where can we focus in 2016 In September 2015 the McKinsey Global institute launched a report that provided hard data to show the scale of the global economic deficit caused by gender inequality The key finding is now often quoted if women s participation in the economy was on par with men s it would add 28 trillion to the annual global GDP by 2025 This is a clarion call to action but the path is much harder to navigate To achieve gender parity globally would require huge investments in societal and political will and resources It would require sweeping attitudinal changes toward a valuation of women s work productive and unpaid and significant leaps in investments by governments in agriculture industry and service sectors Serious attention would need to be paid to what the McKinsey Institute calls the enablers of economic opportunity reproductive rights for women physical security legal protection and political voice amongst others Reducing barriers is critical but so is creating opportunities for women to participate equitably in the economy alongside men Fortunately this appears to be a strategy that is gaining momentum There is increasing recognition that in the pursuit of gender equality collaboration between private sector actors governments and civil society can create wins on all sides Last year the United Nations intentionally reinvigorated the Women s Empowerment Principles WEPs launched in 2010 to promote gender equality in the workplace marketplace and community

    Original URL path: http://meda.org/intern-blogs-yc/tags/corporate-partnerships (2016-02-17)
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