A Year in Review with Allan Sauder (2014)

Allan-SauderMEDA president Allan Sauder highlights the major accomplishments of the past year, including stories from clients and partners you have touched from around the world. Allan also reflects on what makes MEDA a leading edge organization and provides key indicators that illustrate how MEDA's impact has grown.

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Date: December 11, 2014
Organizer: MEDA
Length: 32:36

Want a more in-depth look into MEDA's work in FY14? Read MEDA's 2014 Annual Report online!

It's not too late to ask questions about this or previous webinars in the series! Email mcrawford@meda.org today with your inquiries of suggest ways we can improve.

Empowering Women throughout the Agribusiness Value Chain

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) hosted the "Empowering Women throughout the Agribusiness Value Chain" workshop with the goals of sharing, identifying and systematizing lessons learned from several studies and projects conducted by the MIF and its partners on women and agribusiness in Peru, Guatemala, and Haiti, and rural microfinance for women in Paraguay, Colombia, and Peru.

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Date: November 10, 2014

Organizer: The Multilateral Investment Fund


Béatrice Gérard, Training Manager, Technoserve
Katherine Arblaster, Project Manager, Private Sector Development-Agriculture, MEDA Technolinks
Connie Kolosvary, Café Femenino Program Director, Organic Products Trading Company
Anna Gincherman, Chief Product Development Officer, Women´s World Banking
Alejandro Escobar, Lead Specialist, High Value Agricultural Markets, MIF (Moderator)


A Seat at the Table for Youth

Successes and Chalenges in Youth Engagement

The USAID Youth Policy, released in 2012, highlights the importance of integrating youth engagement into all aspects of development, including project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Engaging youth at all stages helps to build high-impact projects that are more responsive to young people's needs — leading to more sustainable outcomes.

What are some successes and challenges of meaningfully engaging youth as future community leaders and positive agents of change? Join us to hear from specialists and youth representatives from the International Youth Foundation, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Chemonics as they share their experiences and lessons learned. This discussion will highlight the key role of engaging youth and show why it's important that young people have a seat at the table in global development.

Date: September 10, 2014
Organizer: Chemonics
Time: 1:30-3:00pm EST

International Youth Foundation
Mennonite Economic Development Associates
International Planned Parenthood Federation

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Designing Loans for Youth: Lessons Learned from Market Research to Pilot

Moroccan girlListen to panelists share insights and experiences in conducting market research for, then designing and rolling out financial products for youth in Morocco.

According to the World Bank, the MENA region suffers from one of the highest rates of financial exclusion in the world. The situation in Morocco, where only 4.3% of adults have received a loan from a financial institution in 2012, is particularly dire. Youth are disproportionally affected by obstacles to finance. Thus, only a minority of them are able to access credit in order to create or develop their business, support their families and ensure a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

Over a six-year project, supported by MasterCard Foundation, MEDA designed and developed an approach to address this gap and to lead to youth financial inclusion. Working with three leading Moroccan microfinance institutions, MEDA and partners began the product development journey from market research to pilot. This webinar presents the results from market research to the design of prototypes of three credit products with a closing reflection on lessons MEDA would like to share with other practitioners in the field of financial inclusion.

This is the third installment of the Understanding Youth and their Financial Needs webinar series organized by SEEP's Youth and Financial Services Working Group.

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Date: September 9, 2014
Organizer: The SEEP Network
Time: 10:00-11:00am EST

Elena Mizrokhi - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, MEDA
Nicki Post - Senior Consultant/Project Manager, MEDA