Technical Support

To achieve our purpose, we provide technical support to generate new knowledge through analysis of specific issues and pilot projects to inform policy and program development, to ultimately enhance the abilities of women farmers/entrepreneurs to meet their practical needs related to food security, energy and sustainable development, while addressing their strategic interests for empowerment and balanced gender relations. WOCAN also acts as an ‘incubator’ of new field-tested ideas that support its mission, through innovative ideas that may serve to increase women’s assets and transform gender relations.

September 20, 2017
To celebrate the recently announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN hosted two panel sessions on September 20th in New York City. In the first session titled “Better Together: Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefits with Carbon Standards”, David Antonioli, CEO of VCS emphasized that this partnership is a game changer and powerful mechanism for carbon project...
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August 29, 2017
Media Alert: VCS and WOCAN partner to link co-benefits of women’s empowerment with carbon projects.
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July 28, 2017
Jeannette and Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Specialist for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF World Bank), coordinating social inclusion and sustainability in REDD+ in East Asia and the Pacific, joined 16 staff of the the Green Climate Fund in Songdo, Korea to share experiences on Gender Integration in REDD+ on Friday, July 28. Juan Chang, Senior Forest and Land Use Specialist of...
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July 28, 2017
Barun Gurung, WOCAN Lead Trainer, facilitated the workshop on 26-28 July in Apia, Samoa. The workshop provided an overview of gender concepts, introduced gender analysis methods/tools and led the participants to develop activities and identify capacity needs. ​
July 11, 2017
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, was the lead discussant for the SDG2 Thematic Session, during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. Meena urged the identification of emergent challenges in rapid urbanization. She emphasized that transformative change in food and agriculture is necessary to eradicating poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This means moving...
July 24, 2017
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board of Member, responded to the online discussion, led by FAO with IFAD, UNWomen and WFP. The main objective of this online discussion is to highlight critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women. Kanchan emphasized the need to support women farmers’ association, help them manage federations; provide...
July 26, 2017
Jeannette spoke at the Asian Development Bank Regional Seminar on Gender Equality in Climate Change and Disasters Management: Weathering an Uncertain Future, to share WOCAN’s experiences in a session on Perspectives from Global/Regional Alliance, Research and Advocacy Organisations on Gender and Climate Change. She also delivered a training session on the W+ Standard to 20 seminar...
June 22, 2017
The second public comment period for The W+ StandardVersion 1.3 is now open. Here is the document:W+ Standard Draft for 2nd Public Comment Public comment will be accepted on the draft revised W+ Standard Version 1.3 untilMonday, 24 July 2017. Comments and questions should be sent to:Coordinator@wplus.org The draftW+ Standard reflecting input from the...
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May 30, 2017
Jeannette Gurung, presented the key findings and recommendation from the assessment of the gender integration in the REDD+ and Emission Reduction Program in Nepal, during the workshop on 30 May in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was chaired by Sindhu P Dhungana, Director of REDD IC, who gave the welcome remarks. Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Expert at World Bank Group and Dr Pem narayan...
May 23, 2017
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard during the session on “Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains” during the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum, convened by SEEP on 23 May in Bangkok. Jeannette presented that the W+ Standard can incentivize agribusinesses to change practices, to contribute to upgrading...

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Jun
28
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 13th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board being help from 28-30 June at GCF Headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. WOCAN is one of the GCF CSO Observers. Constituency meetings, as well as meetings of Board committees, panels and groups are planned on Sunday 26 June 2016, and Informal Consultations by Co-Chairs with Board members, alternate...
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Sep
4
WOCAN will participate in the “Enhancing Gender Equality in Global Environmental Financing” workshop organized by the IUCN GEF Unit, which is being held during the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 4 Sept in Hawaii. This workshop will focus on financing for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (including CBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC), showcasing experiences and best practices on gender...
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Jun
14
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate will be attending theOslo REDD Exchange 2016 from 14-15 June being held in Oslo. This year Oslo REDD Exchange will bring together close to 500 REDD+ policy makers and practitioners. The conference is an exchange of perspectives, experiences and forward-looking ideas. The conference will present results from REDD+, with the aim of promoting...
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Apr
25
Abidah Setyowati, WOCAN Core Associate, will be discussing “Empowering Women in Agriculture” during the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture 2016 on 26 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. The will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability across key commodity value chains. Global leaders will gather...
Feb
24
Jeannette Gurung will be discussing the importance of empowering women in agriculture and exploring partnerships for sustainable development. This panel discussion is organized for Syngenta’s regional Corporate and Public Affairs team. The aim of this session is to develop a stronger understanding of how Syngenta can empower women and to explore opportunities of partnerships. Other...
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May
23
WOCAN is a members of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). The goal of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Conference 2016 is to discuss “How has Social Investing Impacted Asia?” by taking stock of the social investing market in the past years from when it was just a concept in Asia. Sessions will address questions such as has there been real progress? Has the...
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Feb
4
Forest and Landscapes Climate Finance team (GCCFL) in collaboration with the Gender CCSA, on gender and climate change is organizing a seminar on “Gender Inclusion in the World Bank’s Work on Forests and Landscapes: Applying the W+ Standard” on 4 Feb, 12:00-1:30pm at the World Bank in Washington DC. Overview: In the context of the World Bank Group’s 2016 Gender...
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Nov
30
Jeannette Gurung will attend the workshop onGovernance Structure of the GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative (GWIAI) organized by US- ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) from 30 Nov- 1 Dec in Bangkok, Thailand.This workshop is part of the sequential activities to foster gender business mainstreaming within the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN), and SME development...
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Dec
2
Jeannette will be attending theConsultative Group to Assist thePoor (CGAP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) workshop on,“Facilitating Inclusive Financial Markets” being heldon 2 Decemberat in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently CGAP has published new funder guidelines, which encourage funders totake a market systems approach to...
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Dec
7
Gender and Climate Finance COP21 side event Monday, December 7th, 10:00-11:30, IUCN Pavilion- Blue Zone Gender equality and women’s empowerment are pathways to achieving greater progress in better development outcomes, including reducing greenhouse gases and building resilience for climate change impacts. Climate finance is a critical element of the climate...

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The World Bank report reviews a vast body of literature to present a "thinking device" that visualizes water as an asset, a service, and a "space." It shows water as an arena where gender relations play out in ways that often mirror inequalities between the sexes. And it examines norms and practices related to water that often exacerbate ingrained gender and other hierarchies...
This manual addresses the GCF’s potential to mainstream genderinto climate finance, building on its mandate to support a paradigmshift to low-emission and climate-resilient development.The manual is intended for use by climate change project proponents from governments, international and national direct access entities, and civil society organizations. It reviews the GCF...
This Action Piece outlines the key ingredients needed to support gender equality and inclusion in water resourcesmanagement and sectoral water uses (including WASH), and provides recommendations on how to draw on these keyingredients. It is based on a literature review, interviews with 14 global experts, and a high-level workshop with 25experts in the water management sector....
In the attempt to explicate the nuances on theinterlinkages between climate change and women’shealth, this brief aims to present the limited scientificinformation available as well as information fromARROW’s partners on how women’s health is affectedby climate change. It also focuses on the right to health,particularly for women and girls in...
The Center for Economic and Social rights and UNWomen paper focuses mainly on mechanisms and venues that have the greatestpotential to strengthen the responsibility and answerability of policy makers andwhere their actions and decisions can be assessed against women’s rights andgender equality standards, and on mechanisms which can bolster accountabilityto the SDGs...
The toolkit is a result of widespread stakeholder consultation processes conducted by FARAand its partners, and aims to spearhead and advise on gender mainstreaming into businessincubations processes under the UniBRAI program. It provides support to incubationprogrammes, incubator managers and incubates who wish to promote inclusive businesses,and motivates intended users...
The study identified three main external drivers of the more innovative and transformative gender agendas: the project context; the commitment from the donor to addressing gender issues in agribusiness and value chain development, underpinned by technical support; and accreditation for fair trade and decent work. The main internal drivers include: the presence of a gender strategy linked to...
This is the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development's review of the SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This reviewprovides brief analyses of trend data for SDG 5 targets and status updates. It also identifieschallenges for implementation at the national level and opportunities for implementation. The review provides recommendations...
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This brief, produced by the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) and the DAC WorkingParty on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT ), provides an overview of official developmentassistance (ODA) going to women’s economic empowerment. It identifies key trends, financing gaps andpriority areas for improving donor support in this area. KEY FINDINGS Aid...
Poverty targeting, gender equality and empowerment are cornerstones of IFAD’s work to reducerural poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. This puts people – rural women, men, youth andindigenous peoples – at the center of IFAD’s development projects and policy engagement. Thisunique approach aims to support the development of inclusive, equitable,...

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