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A Practice-Oriented Workshop for Sustainable Development

A capacity building workshop was held in Nairobi in September and 20 staff members from across the Central, East and Southern Africa region were trained on the principles, approaches and implementation of the Inclusive Markets (IM) approach.

The IM approach focuses on achieving systemic change in order to provide new and diverse economic opportunities for poor people. It forms a Unique Selling Proposition for the work Swisscontact does in collaboration with the private sector development and helps establish an unmistakable brand that reflects the current market thinking. 

 

Below are testimonials from a few of the workshop attendees:

 

‘The Inclusive Markets workshop was informative, practical and an eye-opener. I am now able to practically apply the principles taught such as facilitation and systemic thinking to achieve my project goals. When designing and managing projects, I will always consider the market actors, support services and enabling environment.’

 

Esther Karuana | Project Coordinator – Inclusive Finance Programme (IFP) Kenya

 

‘I benefited a lot from the workshop. The mentors used a participatory approach when training which I thought was great as it made the sessions lively and memorable. I have begun using the knowledge I acquired and have been able to secure a stakeholder meeting with several sesame value chain market actors, whose inputs are critical for my project success. I plan to use the guiding principles imparted to create a sustainable intervention. I advise all those who have not undergone the training to take it up as it is worthwhile.’

 

Amani Abihudi | Field Facilitator – U-Learn Project, Tanzania

 

‘I never understood the importance of the inclusive markets approach until I attended the workshop. I can confidently say that the week-long training sessions were superb…actually I’ve never enjoyed any workshop as much as that one! There’s no doubt that the approach will form a good foundation for me as I undertake different aspects of my job. I learnt the right way to approach my partners, map out problems and come up with hands-on gender sensitive interventions. This will help me realize the projects intended outcomes and eventually impact society positively.’

 

Musoni Michel | MRM and Private Sector Relations Officer – PROMOST, Rwanda

 

‘I would describe the Inclusive Markets practitioners’ workshop as a very good opportunity for me to gain valuable insights on how the approach is applied in Swisscontact projects in Central, East & Southern Africa. The facilitators provided a lot of useful tips and concrete hands-on examples on how to improve our projects to aspire towards more sustainability and scale. It was also a good chance for me to learn how to mentor project teams on the approach and how to integrate the approach in projects with different working methods. Combined with my visit to the Skills 4 Life project in Kakuma, it was an extremely useful experience that will help me improve the quality of my work.’

 

Silvan Ziegler | Head of Acquisition – Switzerland 

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