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Taz Burwaiss left a comment for Vincent Gainey
"Hi Vincent, Hope you're very well. I was wondering if you would be interested in connecting with us on twitter? @leadint We’d love to be able to work together if possible. Cheers Taz"
Jul 17, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"I am in conversation with UNW regarding how those principles can be more effective for empowetring women in business"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Land and property titles as well as equitablw inheritance and ownership laws are vital"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"But to acheive empowerment you also have to confront and challenge values, attitudes and policies that demean and degrade women and block their opportunities towards acheiving empowerment. Being too cautious can block meaningful progress."
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Theer are broad principles such as teh UN Women Women's Empowerment Principles http://weprinciples.org/Site/PrincipleOverview/ They can provide a universal framework but each country and regional and even community context is different. Is it…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Yes, certainly, it's about empowerment, economic, social, political and cultural. However measuring empowerment is as yet an imprecise science and means different things to different people.Control of assets, particularly financial assets…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"I'd suggest some of those challenges are: Affordability and ease of operation and maintenance Women friendly or gender neutral Sustainability-economic, social and environmental Will there be sufficient demand to make it commercially…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Thansk Alexa for raising the issue of involving women. I'd like your thoughts on the UK Government supported New Alliance for food security in Africa which is trying to link corporate heavyweights with smallholder farmers in Africa and in…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"How do you avoid corporate capture of farmers in that case? Also how do you ensure that the most poor farmers are able to participate rather than the better educated and 'market ready'?  These are the most difficult but the most in…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Assuming therefore that the extension service will deliver innovations that have a tangible economic return so they can afford it? Is it tied at all to microcredit provision?"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Is effective extension any mroe just a job for Governments or is it increasingly a private sector fucntion. tied to supply contracts? Governments seem to have failed disnally at providing viable extension services over the years."
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Agreed taht cooperative models need to be handled with care (no pun intended!). DFID has been supporting (through our Food and Retail Industry Challeneg Fund FRICH) variosu suppliers cooperatives in Africa. One good example is of smallholder tea…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"I'd like to suggest: Moving from food aid to cash transfers and resilience based programming. Recognising that for many the future is not going to be based on rural agricultural livelihoods but urban and/or non-agricultural livelihoods and…"
Jun 12, 2014
Vincent Gainey replied to Business Fights Poverty's discussion Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Building Livelihoods
"Hello, I'm Vincent Gainey. I work with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as a Livelihoods Advisor. I'd like to kick off a discussion by asking whether participante feel that the cooperative model provides the best…"
Jun 12, 2014

Profile Information

Job Title
Livelihoods Advisor
Organisation
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Sector
I work for government
About my work:
Livelihoods Advisor in the Economic Inclusion and Agriculture Team focusing on agriculture and food security in the context of economic growth. Particular interests and responsibilities in women's economic empowerment in agriculture and inensuring that agricultural growth is 'future proofed' against risks such as climate change.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Enterprise Development, Environment, Governance and Transparency, Nutrition, Water, Women and Business
Other Topics on my radar:
Biofuels, Post-2015 goals

Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 12:43 on July 17, 2014, Taz Burwaiss said…

Hi Vincent,

Hope you're very well. I was wondering if you would be interested in connecting with us on twitter? @leadint

We’d love to be able to work together if possible.

Cheers

Taz

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