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SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum

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Banyan Global served as the technical chair for the SEEP Network’s Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Forum. SEEP is a global network of international practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through the promotion of inclusive markets and financial systems. The Forum took place May 23-25, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand and concentrated on women’s economic empowerment in market systems. It brought together thought leaders and contributors in the field of women’s economic empowerment in market systems to: facilitate dialogue amongst leading stakeholders; build global learning connections; and promote effective practice and policy. The conference featured three days of plenaries, peer-learning sessions, industry initiatives, and networking opportunities across three key themes: 1) Rural Poor: women’s empowerment on and off the farm; 2) Employment opportunities through enterprise development and job creation; 3) Women’s financial inclusion. As chair of the forum, Banyan Global oversaw the request for proposal submission and evaluation process for 24 peer learning sessions. It also led the organization of conference plenaries on technology and innovation in promoting women’s economic empowerment, as well as a debate on addressing unpaid care work in market systems programming. Banyan Global chaired the Forum’s Technical Advisory Committee, which includes members from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Capital Development Fund, USAID, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and other stakeholders.