Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Making Markets Accessible to the Most Marginalized

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Session Description

Some 800 million people still live in extreme poverty, suffering disproportionately from marginalization and exclusion related to gender, disability, ethnicity, and other forms of inequality. Evidence suggests that many market-based approaches don’t reach the most marginalized groups, and when they do, social movements play a key role. This workshop will cover opportunities to advance market-based approaches to improve the livelihoods of the most marginalized, through the lens of disabled women. Along the way, we’ll explore and debate the critical enabling factors necessary to move forward.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Wednesday, April 5 Classroom 2 (WW)



Session leaders

  • Jodie Thorpe Speaker
    Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
    Jodie Thorpe is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, leading the Institute’s research cluster on business, markets and the state in development. With over 15 years’ experience in research, policy and strategy, she is an expert on inclusive market approaches, value chains, and public-private and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Prior to joining IDS, she was a private sector policy adviser at Oxfam GB and a Director at SustainAbility, a leading think tank and advisory firm on business risks and opportunities from sustainable development. Her recent research has explored the potential for market-based solutions to extreme marginalisation, market systems approaches to enabling women's economic empowerment through addressing unpaid care work and an analysis of state-business relations and their impact on development beyond growth. She also leads a portfolio of research as part of the BEAM Exchange, a global knowledge exchange facility for market systems practitioners. Over the course of her career, Jodie has advised and collaborated with companies and organisations such as ActionAid, ADD International, Anglo-American, the Coady International Institute, the Fairtrade Foundation, Ford, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Natura, Tata Power, The Body Shop, Unilever and WWF.
  • Uganda - ‎Country Director, Action on Disability and Development
    Joseph Walugembe has been Country Director of the ADD International Uganda Programme since 2010. He was Country Development Manager for Sense International (Uganda) from 2005-2010, Advocacy Program Coordinator of the African Union of the Blind from 2002-2004, and Projects Coordinator of Uganda National Association of the Blind from 2001-2002. Joseph represents Persons with Disabilities on the District Service Commission in one of Uganda’s most populous districts. He has also served on boards of various Non-Governmental Organizations in Uganda. Combining lived experience with disability and 15 years of development practice at grassroots, national and international level, he has solid experience in strategy development, implementation and communication, organizational leadership, partnership/networking and effective representation of the interests of persons with disabilities. Joseph was Principal Investigator on the Uganda strand of the recent research project on Market-Based Solutions for the Extreme Poor. He couples this research experience with programmatic experience of improving work opportunities for persons with disabilities. Having overcome the challenges of visual impairment, Joseph aspires to contribute towards making the world more equitable, sensitive and tolerant to diversity.
  • Reema Nanavaty Speaker
    Executive Director, Self Employed Women Association
    Reema Nanavaty joined SEWA in 1984. Under her leadership, SEWA has grown to become the single largest union of informal sector workers in India with around 1,836,550 women members. Her focus is on women’s economic empowerment by building women-owned enterprises and women-led supply chains in energy, agribusiness, food processing, waste recycling, and textiles. Ms. Nanavaty founded the SEWA Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC), now owned by 15,000 women artisans. Under her leadership, the TFC model is being replicated in all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries to build the social enterprises of homebased women workers. She also initiated SEWA’s food security programme that covers one million households. She spearheads the ‘Hariyali’ Green Energy and Livelihoods Initiative to provide 200,000 women access to renewable energy. Ms. Nanavaty worked to rebuild the lives and livelihoods of 60,000 earthquake-affected rural women as well as 40,000 members affected by communal riots in Gujarat. She leads rehabilitation programmes in crisis-torn Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. She was awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India in 2013.