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In response to the socio-economic disruption brought by COVID-19, Banyan Global led one of the country’s early-on economic recovery efforts and training for employment programs under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) flagship workforce development activity, Empleando Futuros.
Political and economic turmoil in Venezuela has led to an unprecedented wave of migration to Colombia as well as other countries in the region. In fact, the Colombian government predicted that 3 million Venezuelan migrants would be living in the country by the end of 2020. The government faces the dual challenge of providing social services to migrants and responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
In Ethiopia’s Amhara region, women play an important role in the agricultural sector and in post-harvest management. Women are directly engaged during crop yield collection, grading and selecting quality crops, storage preparation, pest protection, and product restocking. Women also bear sole responsibility for processing crops for family consumption, which is both time and labor intensive.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading rapidly in many countries around the world, it is time to learn from past mistakes. Under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) II task order, Banyan Global is carrying out COVID-specific gender analyses with USAID missions and implementing partners to mitigate the gender-specific impacts of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Digital Solutions to Development: Using WhatsApp to Train Women Health Business Owners during the COVID-19 Lockdown
In February 2020, Banyan Global conducted a gender analysis focused on the constraints affecting women owners and managers of health businesses in Tanzania as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) project. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates, Banyan Global’s role on SHOPS Plus is to support the financial success of private health businesses; the findings from the gender analysis were used to inform a training that would address major constraints affecting women-owned health businesses.
Globally, just 55 percent of women (ages 15-64) are engaged in the labor force, compared to 78 percent of men. On average, women earn approximately 80 percent of what men earn. However, women represent 85 percent of all consumer purchases worldwide, controlling $20 trillion in global spending. These statistics point to a clear disparity between women’s participation in and contribution to the global economy. To move the needle on women’s economic empowerment, Banyan Global is implementing the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Technical Assistance (WE3 TA) project, a task order under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.