The main objective of the program is "to improve the living conditions of the target population by helping them reduce their poverty situation". The purpose is "to increase the opportunities, capacities and income of the target population".
The Inclusive Markets project is implemented in Bolivia with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (COSUDE) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), during the period from November 2017 to December 2021. This project is based on the first phase of the Rural Markets Project that was financed by COSUDE during the period of 2014 to 2017 and implemented by a consortium between the Swisscontact and PROFIN foundations.
The target population are men and women who work in agriculture, livestock or other similar activities (focusing on women and young people), in Productive Family Units (PFU), who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and food insecurity, located in the Andean high plateaus and valleys.
In order for the expected outcomes to achieve sustainability, scale and impact, it incorporates several work approaches:
- Inclusive Market Systems Development Approach (MSDA),
- Poverty Multidimensionality Approach (PMA),
- Gender and Development Approach,
- Territorial Development Approach.
The main lines of work are expressed in five components that constitute, in turn, the systemic effects of the project:
- Development and access to product markets (both domestic and for export)
The implementation strategy for this component focuses on strengthening the capacities of key actors (producers, companies, traders and others) in order to develop quick trading circuits, productive and commercial coordination and to promote high nutritional food consumption. We work to have access to national markets as well export markets.
- Development and access to service, supplies and technologies markets
Aimed at the development of business models (private providers) and management models (public providers), which facilitate and streamline access to inputs, technologies and information services, as well as advice and technical assistance, for the target population in places where these are inadequate or non-existent.
- Development and access to markets for financial products and services
The main focus of this component is focused on getting access to financing under adequate conditions as well as financial education and risk management that stem from the development and / or dissemination of insurance and micro insurance products. Under this component, the project manages a reimbursable fund to promote innovations in financial products and services, through the PROFIN partner.
- Favorable socio-economic environment
This component cross-cuts all other components of the project and facilitates the implementation of services that develop skills and abilities in public officials, promotes territorial development processes, facilitates public-private partnerships and promotes public and / or private initiatives that seek to improve the effective exercise of economic, social and political rights, with special emphasis on women. Within the framework of this component, the project works with the Political Dialogue that facilitates the relationship with the most important state entities.
- Empowering women
The empowerment of women is a central element of the project, which cross-cuts the other components and is a component in itself as well. It is aimed at strengthening the abilities and skills of women in different areas (techniques, management, leadership, etc.), facilitating services and technologies that contribute to reducing the workload of women, coordinating with specialized entities and institutions to facilitate access to information and services on different topics related to the performance of women such as health, family planning, violence, etc., and the promoting awareness and training processes in the areas of economy and gender equality.
In management support, two areas are of utmost importance:
- communication and
- knowledge management as well as monitoring and evaluation, both of which are applied across the entire implementation process of the project.
In order to identify the concrete actions that the project has defined, initially a research and analysis process were carried out in the selected territories to ascertain the multidimensional poverty situation of rural families and the situation of women in terms of gender relations. At the same time, we analysed the income sources of the rural families which allowed us to validate and / or modify the importance of the chosen productive items and to deepen the analysis of the specific market systems for the following items: potato, broad bean, peach and other fruit trees, tomato, onion, carrot and other vegetables, quinoa and dairy products (including fodder). We also analyzed products, actors and export opportunities for various products (quinoa, beans, cañahua, asaí, tarwi, camu camu, among others).
As a result, 16 municipalities with high and medium levels of vulnerability in terms of food insecurity were prioritized in the departments of La Paz, Oruro and Potosí, and there are proposals to implement the five components of the project that contribute to the reduction of poverty.
The main effect indicators for the project are:
- Increase in real net income of the productive family units,
- Increase the resilience of the productive family units with regards to climate change,
- Improvement of working conditions (employment and / or self-employment) of men and women, reducing their social vulnerability,
- Contribution to greater empowerment of women and
- Improvement of participatory public management.
The planned interventions are aimed at achieving the main goals of the project:
- 10,000 PFU increase their real net income (due to the economic activities of the project) in a sustainable way to a achieve a 35% increase at the end of the project , 16,000 men and women improve their employment and self-employment situation, 5,000 PFU increase their resilience with regards to climate change and 4,000 women develop skills and improve conditions that empower them (they know how to protect themselves from violence and / or decrease the time they spend in reproductive roles and / or improve their participation in decision-making instances and have access to productive services, resources and information).
- The above implies that 25 thousand PFU gain access to goods, services and markets, which have been worked into the system by the project. Assuming that each productive family unit is made up of four members on average, more than 40 thousand people would benefit from the actions of the project.
- The work strategies foresee working with public and private actors at the micro (municipal); intermediate (departmental) and macro levels (national and international). This will be carried out by the actors of the market systems (public and private). Collaborative actions will be actively sought with other SIDA and COSUDE projects, other NGOs and the participation of the State.