Articles by Simon Winter
By 2017, agriculture-focused TechnoServe aims to double its 2012 impact to directly benefit at least one million families a year and create cumulative financial benefits of more than $500 million for program participants. TechnoServe’s Simon Winter explains how, and provides insights on what other market-focused NGOs can do to increase their impact.
Africa will add 122 million people to its labor force between 2010 and 2020. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program, a partnership between TechnoServe and The MasterCard Foundation, provides training, mentoring and building self esteem for young workers entering a difficult economy.
For farmers, mobile devices can deliver services that help them improve their production, such as weather information and technical advice. For buyers, data delivered via mobile can increase their insight into volumes harvested and processed by farmers and their organizations during the cycle.
Transforming poor people’s food and nutrition security is proving to be, as expected, a massive challenge. As we approach a slew of global meetings that will address this topic in the coming months, the German Marshall Fund (GMF) has released a new report that showcases the need for and complexities of multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of this goal in Africa.
ANDE’s 2010 Impact Report shows the increasing recognition of the importance of SGBs. In the first half of 2010, 22 investment funds launched with a primary focus on SGBs, while private equity funds doubled targets for SGB investments from 2009 to 2010, according to the report. The middle may no longer be "missing," but it is still hard to find.