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Best practices and lessons learned in gender integration in MCC Nicaragua Sylvia R Torres

US investment $ 113 millions. Focused on the region with the greatest productive potential: Strengthening property rights in Leon department. Reducing transportation costs to domestic, regional and global markets Increasing the valueadded of farms and businesses

Women econmics activities in western nicaragua


Seafood

JICARO Cashew
Articrafts

Horticulture Livestock Grains Fruits Roots

Milk and cheese Reforestation

PNR Bussines Plans


Conglomerado Planes de Negocio Hombres Mujeres Beneficiarios Total % de mujeres

Agrcola

2,626

2,850

1,286

4,136

31.1%

Forestal

1,231

1,492

619

2,111

29.3%

No Agrcola 91 Pecuario y Acucola 1,674 150 1,505 275 461 425 1,966 64.7% 23.4%

Total

5,622

5,997

2,641

8,638

30.6%

8 10 %

female employment in road construction

Of 2,454 regularizad plots of land, OF 264 conflict negotiation,

60%

for women

52 % were for women

critical path

SI

Revision of Criteria

NO

Gender Analysis
SI If identified obstacles NO to prevent equitable access, proceed to design and implement mitigation measures

Gender Analysis

SI

Clients Re Identification
SI

SI

Keep looking

Entreprenurial Development Gender Training


SI

Atention by Services

Women's access to program information

Asotiation, Networking

Empowerment

No BP supported

Bussines Plans supported

Key Factors for success

Citizen Consultation and Participation


Womens movement
Prior to the approval ratification and entry into force of the Compact.

Participating through the life of the Project

Gender mainstreaming at the highest level .


Leadership MCC /MCA , played key role. They shown a strong political will and institutional capacity to promote, deepen and fully comply with the implementation of gender equity. That is a key success factor.

Result oriented gender strategy

Gender s goals complement, not compete with Programs goals

Gender Director with a managerial rank

Equal importance and hierarchical level as other directions.Criteria included in ToR any bidding process and approving, monitoring reports, required disbursements to contracted operators.

Communication for empowerment


It contributed to raising awareness about the importance of gender equity, by showing what women can achieve when they have the opportunity"Women were portrayed as entrepreneurs in all areas and projects

MCA N formulated and implemented a Social Communication Strategy,

Turn down cultural impediments


Gender was worked strengthening entreprenurial identity of men and women. Training: This approach to identify the contributions of women in production and reproduction as well as the location and size of their business in the value chains. Thus the macro analysis landed in the life of families, re-evaluating the role of women.

Family ,
and entrepre nurial approach

MCC Support to gender intervention, prestige the subject and strengthens local actions
Women were overlooked in some sectors. Such as as cheese artisanal manufacturers,.Direction.TNS , contracting entity was hesitant to include recommendations in their work. Consequently, problems remained:In the 1st reporting period the Gender Plan had not been executed. Contractor viewed artisanal cheese processing centers as unviable investments. According to them , artisanal cheese processing centers were deemed difficult and costly given their scale it was thought that it was not possible to reach the income indicators required.

MCC also identified problem in artisanal cheese processing sector, supported MCA-N gender recommendations, emphasizing the importance of gender analysis and recommendations. MCC oriented:Conduct survey: study size and potential of artisanal (cheese) sector as well as that of milk processing centers; identify zones of influenceDevelop this work in collaboration with and supervision of MCA-N Gender Specialist. Resulted 32 new plants were aid.

MCC Support to gender intervention, prestige the subject and strengthens local actions
Women were overlooked in some sectors. Such as as cheese artisanal manufacturers,.Direction.TNS , contracting entity was hesitant to include recommendations in their work. Consequently, problems remained:In the 1st reporting period the Gender Plan had not been executed. Contractor viewed artisanal cheese processing centers as unviable investments. According to them , artisanal cheese processing centers were deemed difficult and costly given their scale it was thought that it was not possible to reach the income indicators required.

MCC also identified problem in artisanal cheese processing sector, supported MCA-N gender recommendations, emphasizing the importance of gender analysis and recommendations. MCC oriented:Conduct survey: study size and potential of artisanal (cheese) sector as well as that of milk processing centers; identify zones of influenceDevelop this work in collaboration with and supervision of MCA-N Gender Specialist. Resulted 32 new plants were aid.

Jueves 2008-05-29 14:3Estimados colegas: Tuve una reunin telefnica con el siguiente personal de CARE: Melanie Chen, Directora de Negocios con el Gobierno del USA. Ralph Merriam, Director CARE en Nicaragua Lori Handrahan, asesora en genero La encargada de genero de CARE en NicaraguaEn forma general, les ped su apoyo para asegurar que el proyecto pecuario en Nicaragua incluyera al subsector de queso artesanal, de ayudar a asegurar que el proyecto beneficia a las mujeres micro-empresarias del queso, sin desvirtuar las responsabilidades de cumplir con los requisitos de rendimiento del proyecto. Entre los temas que ellos me mencionaron:

Que ya haba en existencia un estudio (SNV-Holanda?) sobre este tema, y que CARE haba presentado una voz de alarma al consorcio sobre el riesgo de afectar negativamente a productoras. Por el momento no tienen una persona a tiempo completo en gnero. Se sienten muy restringidos por el presupuesto que les ha permitido technoserve, y que estn en un proceso de renegociacin para poder cumplir con las expectativas del MCC-Cuenta del Milenio en los temas de genero y manejo del ambiente. Les indique que seria importante que se incorporaran a la encerrona que tendremos con el consorcio tecnoserve el 23 de junioEl tono de la reunin fue muy positiva, en el sentido de poder dar respuesta a las inquietudes y preocupaciones planteadas por nosotros. Creo que la reunin ayudara a impulsar mas el apoyo que darn en NicaraguaSaludos Huntington Hobb Director of Agriculture

Articulate all actors


The process of implementation of the strategy involved a dynamic of articulation of actors. By positioning the MCA as a program seriously committed to equity, rural women producers identified an important ally with power for inclusion

Chemonics technicians for their part have the contractual duty to contribute to meeting the goals of the operators, they were forced by individual performance to identify and integrate female producers. Women, who had an important ally in the MCA, developed alliances with the technicians so they could meet their responsibilities and, in turn, they were included in the Program

Flexibility and creativity in implementing the strategy


Families gave resources to women producers so they could comply with the number of cows or farming acres required to be members of a core. In agriculture, when women are the subject of productive activity were considered candidates for BP.

Examples

Female producers without legal deed on the land could be involved in the project if they could submit documents that clarify their rights to use the properties.

Result oriented

II

Complement Program Goals, attach to design. III Take into account male /cultural beliefs IV Include all actors, win win for everybody. V Obstacles into oportunities VI Experiment and change VII Political will

Articular a Todos los actores

Sociedad Civil

Gobierno Donante