coachingFollowing up on a training on participatory facilitation skills which was given to Global Communities USAID Twiyubake staff in March 2016, Plan International Rwanda, in collaboration with Plan International USA, provided a coaching and mentoring training to program staff on November 1, 2016.

 

The training focused on core techniques for promoting participation during training, promoting group empowerment, and maximizing quality improvement.

 

In line with the two provided trainings, Plan International developed a coaching guide and simplified facilitator’s guide to be used for coaching activities with Community Health Workers and Community Based Volunteers who work with the program beneficiaries.

gendergp analysisTo promote effective gender mainstreaming across the program, USAID Twiyubake hired Three Stones Consulting Ltd, which conducted a program gender gap analysis from July to October 2016.

The gender gap analysis was validated on October 13, 2016, by representatives of the USAID Twiyubake Consortium, MIGEPROF, and Rwanda Partner Organizations Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA), DUHAMIC ADRI, Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR), Caritas Rwanda, African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB).

The analysis highlighted the main gender barriers to gender equality and transformation found among program beneficiaries and reviewed program documents for challenges in the implementation of the program.

The consultancy service collected qualitative data which were interpreted following the USAID conceptual framework around social norms and power dynamics and the Social Relations Approach (SRA) framework.

At the community level, the main finding regarding the construction of masculinity and femininity was that men mainly considered themselves as the “head of the family” while women consider themselves as “the heart of the household”.

conditional household grantsUSAID Twiyubake will provide conditional household grantsfor vulnerable families in the most of its districts of program implementation.

 

The approach to be used to disseminate the grant was discussed in a workshop held on Oct 7, 2016, for Program Managers, Technical Advisors and Field Officers of the Rwanda partner organization Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA), DUHAMIC ADRI, Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR), Caritas Rwanda and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB).

 

The conditional household grant of Rwf 10.000 per household per month will be given through savings group members enrolled in the program. These beneficiaries were selected from the National Children Commission’s (NCC) Most Vulnerable Children database.

The Community Finance Initiative (CFI), funded and implemented by Global Communities/USAID Twiyubake in partnership with Peace Corps Rwanda is a community-oriented program that promotes self-reliance through financial management. Peace Corps volunteers, working with community facilitators, provide an 18 week training on saving, budgeting, debt management and banking services. During the last quarter, beneficiaries embarked on the second phase of the CFI training. One group learned about business development and basic entrepreneurship, while another chose to start in savings groups and make monthly budgets for their families.

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Peace Corps is implementing the program in the following districts: Kamonyi, Karongi, Gicumbi, Kayonza, Nyamasheke, Nyabihu, Ruhango, Gatsibo, Gisagara, Nygatare and Muhanga.

 

“These lessons have helped me so much. I proposed my husband to take a loan. We agreed on a 150,000 Rwf loan with which we opened our own shop. My oldest son, who has finished Senior 6, helps us at the store. With the money we make, we are saving to have him attend university. Next year, we are planning raising hens and cultivating coffee plants. This class has truly opened my eyes and allowed our family to grow and really take advantage of the services available to us. A testimony from Donatha M., who graduated from the CFI training, Eastern Province

 

 

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