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.

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...
In programs: The W+ Standard
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...
May 16, 2017
Nisha Onta, Regional Coordinator for Asia and Knowledge Management Coordinator, presented WOCAN’s courses and the W+ Standard at the Third Meeting of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) on 16 May 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. WOCAN was invited to provide support to integrate gender in the ASEAN CRN activities. The event brought together focal points of the ASEAN Technical...
April 24, 2017
A team of WOCAN, REDD Implementation Center and HIMAWANTI staff conducted Focus Group Discussions in 6 Terai Districts (Nawalparasi, Bara, Bardiya, Kailali, Dang and Kapilvastu) and 1 Hill District (Dolakha) in Nepal. The FGD is part of the gender assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Emission Reduction (ER) programs. This analysis will include examining the...
April 25, 2017
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) requested the Secretariat to prepare for consideration by the Board, at its eighteenth meeting, a review and update of the Fund-wide Gender Policy and Action Plan1 adopted in decision B.09/11.2 The purpose of this call for inputs is to invite submissions from Board members, Alternate Board members, national designated authorities, focal points,...
April 21, 2017
Nisha Onta, Regional Coordinator for Asia, presented the W+ Standard during the WEE- SERVE Asia conference on 22 April in Manila, Philippines. The conference was organized by Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA), in partnership with OXFAM and with the support of the Swedish Government/SIDA. This conference is a culmination activity of a two-year action research conducted in 4...
In programs: The W+ Standard
March 31, 2017
Jeannette explained how the W+ Standard can be applied torecognizeand reward contributions made by women to create sustainable environments during the webinar organized by AVPN on 31 March. The objective of the webinar was to discuss the realities, barriers and opportunities for establishing women-based livelihoods in Asia and how can women’s contributions to climate change...
In programs: The W+ Standard
March 21, 2017
WOCAN assisted in organizing the Embassy of Sweden’s annual workshop for regional development partner organizations: CO-CREATION FOR TRANSFORMATION– Effective Delivery on SDGs through Enhanced Cross-Sectorial Interaction on March 21-22 in Bangkok. The interactive workshop has already resulted in many new relations between the participants that hopefully will benefit from each...
March 23, 2017
A two-day workshop on Gender and Organizational Development was conducted by the training team from WOCAN, which was organized by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) / the Embassy of Sweden on 22 and 23 March, 2017 in Bangkok. Twenty participants (7 women, 13 men) from 14 partner organizations attended the workshop. The objectives of the workshop were two-fold: Conduct a...

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Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains| Date: May 23, 2:30 PM– 4:15 PM, Connections 1 Venue:Amari Watergate Bangkok, 847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 Chaired byAdam Smith International While significant advances have been made in integrating WEE into market system...
Jun
8
Agriculture is the cornerstone of many Asian economies with about 40% of the population depending on this sector for their livelihoods. Women involved in agriculture are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation. This session during the AVPN 2017 Conference will highlight approaches to Gender Lens Investing in Agriculture across several Asian countries. Jeannette will moderate...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Mar
21
This is the annual workshop for the partner organizations of the Swedish Development Cooperation inAsia and the Pacific region. The purpose of this workshop is to provide opportunity for participants to get to know eachother’s work, beyond lessons learned – in order to co-create and strategize for mutually beneficialcollaboration to deliver on the Sustainable...
In programs: Membership Engagement
Nov
16
UNFCCC is organizing a series of special events from 12-17 November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22), to celebrate the 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities with inspiring videos, photography, roundtable discussions, an exhibition space and an evening award ceremony. The W+ Standard's pilot project in Nepal is one of the winners for the Momentum...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Nov
22
Click here toRegister There is currently a momentum for companies and organizations to proclaim their goals and targets for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Many of these are doing so in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Others understand the link of gender equality and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Sep
16
WOCAN invites other Bay Area leaders supporting women’s empowerment and the integration of gender equality in climate change, food security and poverty elimination projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America to learn more about our programs, and discuss areas of common interest with WOCAN’s Executive Director and Board of Directors. WOCAN...
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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The objective of this report is to identify areas that the African Development Bank (AfDB) and its partners could target to empower women economically in agriculture. Addressing the barriers that reduce the participation of women along the agricultural value chain, from production through to processing and trade will be pivotal in transforming their role in the sector and in empowering them...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This report aims to help companies close productivity and efficiency gaps in agribusiness value chains, particularly those in smallholder production. At each stage—(1) input provision and use; (2) production; (3) post-harvest processing and storage; and (4) transportation, marketing, and sales—it outlines key challenges that women face, highlights business benefits, and offers...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This paper applies the Total Portfolio Activation framework to help mission investors maximize their social and environmental impact across their entire portfolios and to generate positive benefits for women and girls. It presents concrete examples of leading opportunities, as well as a variety of case studies of investors, funds, and initiatives that integrate gender considerations into their...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This paper provides a framework for impact investors as they consider how to invest in issues related to food and agriculture across asset classes, including public equities, fixed income, venture capital, and real assets. By identifying these opportunities for investment, investors can maximize the potential for positive impact and portfolio returns. Author:Kristin Lang, Joshua...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This document, Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – A handbook In support of theimplementation of the voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in theContext of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (henceforth the “handbook”), was developed tosupport gender-equitable small-scale fisheries by enhancing the understanding of...
In programs: Membership Engagement
This report highlights that with a “gender lens” approach to energy access programs, the millions of dollars flowing to energy access initiatives around theglobe can have a greater impact on women’s empowerment.The purpose ofthis report is to reach a common understanding of this linkage and to establish a framework that takes this intoaccount. With such a...
Manipadma Jena highlights in this article thatwomen's secure tenure rights lead to several positive development outcomes for them and their families, including resilience to climate change shocks, economic productivity, foodsecurity, health, and education. She highlights thatclimate change is ushering in new population dynamics. As men’s outmigrationcfrom indigenous...
In programs: Membership Engagement
This Briefing Paper explores the key human rights and environmental and social principles set forth in the preamble of the Paris Agreement, including the linkages to existing international obligations, and how these principles can be integrated into four key elements of the Paris Rule Book: Nationally Determined Contributions, Adaptation Communications, the Transparency Framework, and the Global...
In programs: Membership Engagement
This is the second report of the UNHigh-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and stresses that building women’s economic empowerment must be done in ways that leaves nobody behind, particularly the most marginalized women at the bottom of the pyramid. The Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. Some...
Oxfam asserts that effective economic empowerment for women occurs when womenenjoy their rights to control and benefit from resources, assets, income and their owntime, and when they have the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status andwellbeing. However, for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) to translate into meaningfulempowerment, women must also...

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