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.

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...
March 17, 2017
Jeannette participated in the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture in Jakarta from March 14-15. Where she was a speaker on the panel: Scaling up gender empowerment initiatives in food and agriculture, which was moderated by Jenny Costelloe, Country Director, Partnerships, of Grow Asia and the other panelist were Imran Nasrullah, Chief Executive in Indonesia for Louis Dreyfus Company...
March 27, 2017
Early results of WOCAN’s Gender Assessment and Roadmap work in Nepal for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) were shared at the recent meeting of the FCPF Participants Committee at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from March 27-29. WOCAN Core Associate, Cecile Ndjebet, Executive Director of REFACOF, Cameroon, represents women within this Committee, which is the main decision-...
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February 20, 2017
The W+ StandardVersion 1.3 is now open for public comment. After an initial period of utilization, the W+ Standard has been updated. The draft newversion of the W+ Standard is below: W+ Standard V 1.3 for Public Comment (PDF) (Word Doc) Underlined portions of the text are proposed additions. Strikethrough...
In programs: The W+ Standard
January 28, 2017
WOCAN and REDD+ IC (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Implementation Centre) organized the inception meeting on 23 January in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were a total of 31 participants (21 women and 10 men) representing Forestry and REDD related Government Ministries and Departments, NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society. The objective of the meeting was to share the background of...
January 20, 2017
The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok organized a workshop to launch the Gender Support Function on 19 Jan. WOCAN will be managing the Gender Support Function . Gender equality is a prioritized area for the strategy of Sweden’s regional development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific 2016-2021. The objective of the support function,which will be managed by WOCAN, is to improve the...
January 19, 2017
Maria Lee,Assistant Director and Regional Coordinator for Europe, joined the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on 15-19 January. This global forum brings together leaders, policy makers and investors to address the challenges of renewable energy and sustainable development. On the 17th of January, the Masdar WiSER (Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy) Initiative...
In programs: The W+ Standard
January 2, 2017
Looking back at 2016 brings a sense of pride and accomplishment for all that WOCAN has achieved over the years. It was a year of recognition for these years of effort, as we were selected to receive the Momentum for Change Women for Results award of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This award was given for the development of the W+ Standard and its application to a renewable energy...

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From Global Commitments to Local Action:National Approaches to Mitigating Climate Changeand Advancing Gender Equality A high-level UNFCCC COP21 side event On the occasion of Gender Day Tuesday, December 8th 16:45-18:15 Blue Zone; Room OR 01 Paris, France Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Government of Liberiain collaboration with the...
Jan
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WOCAN Board meeting will be held from 27-29 January 2016 in San Francisco, California, USA.
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Dec
4
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associate, Maria Lee will be attending the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris from 4-11 Dec. Jeannette will be on the panel of various side events highlighting the W+ Standard as a mechanism that can be applied by projects to measure the results related to women’s...
Dec
5
Jeannette Gurung will be participating in the Global Landscapes Forum organized by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 5-6 Dec in Paris, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21. Priority issues to be addressed in the 2015 Forum include: Tracking support for the restoration of degraded lands worldwide while developing a better understanding of the role of landscapes...
Oct
21
Jeannette Gurung will be discussing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals at the Responsible Business Forum Webinar. When:Oct. 21st 2015, 2.30 - 3.30pm SGT Chair- Mark Ingram, Chief Executive Officer, Business for Millennium Development Speakers -David Kiu, VP Global Communications, Unilever Tim Bishop, Regional Private Sector Specialist, Asia Pacific, Care...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Oct
12
Vera P. Weill-Halle, WOCAN Board Chairperson, is one of the panelist for the CFS side event on“Climate-smart agriculture and gender – evidence for equitable, food secure and sustainable agriculture” on12 October from 12:30 to 14:00in the Iraq Room, Building A, 2nd floor at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Vera will be sharing some regional experiences on CSA and...
Nov
4
Jeannette Gurung will be joining the roundtable discussion on ‘Investing in women's economic resilience and social wellbeing : Rethinking the role of private sector development in Africa’ organized by the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), supported by Nestle. This is the third event in the series of six FPC discussions and its being held on 4 November in the UK House of Parliament....
Nov
2
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 4th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development which will be held in Singapore on 2 - 4 November 2015. The Forum’s agenda is aligned with two major global events; the UN COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris which aim to produce a global treaty on reducing emissions and slowing global warming and the United Nations launched post 2015...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Oct
16
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, is one of the panelists on the session titled “Drylands Women in the Face of Social Change and the Pursuit of Environmental Resilience” during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification COP12 being held in Anakara, Turkey from on 12-23 October. The objective of the session is to highlight women’s strategic role in building resilient...
Sep
7
WOCAN, the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), African Forum on Forest (AFF) is organizing a side event titled “Women leading forest management in the tropic: cases from Africa, Asia and Latin America” during the XIV World Forestry Congress on 7 September in Durban, South Africa.

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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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