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Training: Gender Equality and Youth Inclusion in the Value Chains

As part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Strengthening Value Chains Project (SVC) in South-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Banyan Global delivered a two-day Gender Equality and Youth Inclusion in the Value Chains training to the project team staff in Bukavu, DRC in September 2017. Managed by Tetra Tech, the SVC consortium also includes Search for Common Ground, J.E. Austin Associates, TechnoServe and Banyan Global. The training goal was to introduce gender equality and social inclusion tools and frameworks and to adapt them to the project context. To understand staff’s background in gender and social inclusion, Program Coordinator India Scribner developed, distributed and analyzed a survey to gauge staff knowledge, attitudes and practices on gender equality and youth inclusion. Senior Program Manager, Victoria Rames, and SVC Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist, Bertin Bisimwa Kabomboro, provided staff with tools for analyzing and developing programming to address gender equality and social inclusion advances and gaps in the coffee, soy and bean value chains in three South Kivu provinces: Walungu, Kalehe, and Kabare. They used the Feed the Future Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index  tools to support this process, with a concentration on gender equality in access to productive resources, including land, and intra-household decision-making. They also developed and used a case-study and led participants in small group and plenary discussions about realities and implications of gender inequality and social exclusion in the value chains. Participants in the training have used the tools for project annual work planning, and to develop programming in collaboration with other USAID partners to address gaps and advances in this domain.