Through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, Banyan Global has been tasked with conducting a gender analysis in Burundi. The gender analysis will identify gender issues, inequalities, constraints, and opportunities in Burundi, as well as offer conclusions and recommendations for integrating gender considerations into USAID’s strategic planning and activities. Banyan Global’s findings and recommendations also will guide gender integration into developing the Embassy Bujumbura Integrated Country Strategy; the health project appraisal document; and designs of upcoming health, democracy and governance, and economic growth activities. Banyan Global’s work will support USAID/Burundi’s strategies and programming related to the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, a White House-led initiative to advance women’s access to equal opportunities and protections, particularly in areas of conflict and insecurity.
Banyan Global is a subcontractor on the five-year United States Agency for International Development/President’s Malaria Initiative-funded Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD). Led by The Malaria Consortium, MAPD prevents and controls malaria illnesses and deaths to minimize the social and economic effects of the disease among Uganda’s overall population. On the MAPD project, Banyan Global addresses gender and youth issues related to the access to malaria treatment and prevention services and ensuring that gender and youth considerations are integrated across all program components. Banyan Global will conduct gender and youth analyses and facilitate gender and youth training for project staff and stakeholders to improve awareness and understanding with regard to constraints that prevent women, men, boys, and girls from accessing malaria treatment and prevention services, as well as how such challenges might be addressed. In addition, we will review all current malaria protocols and guidelines for gender and youth inputs and work with the team to develop a behavior change communication strategy and materials that encourage critical thinking amongst men, women, boys, and girls around malaria prevention and treatment. We also will establish girls’ and boys’ clubs in and out of schools to create safe spaces and opportunities for youth—particularly girls—to learn malaria prevention and treatment behaviors and activities. These clubs also will enable youths’ voices to be heard. Banyan Global will hold women’s and youth malaria forums, where we will assemble representatives and stakeholders to share and discuss opportunities, perspectives, and constraints. Banyan Global hopes to play a leadership role in developing and sharing promising approaches and best practices on integrating gender and youth concerns into malaria programming.
Banyan Global led an evaluation for the Strengthening HIV/AIDS Interventions in Djibouti Project under United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) PPL/LER —Monitoring and Evaluation indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. This independent evaluation assessed the performance of the USAID/Djibouti Capacity Building for HIV/AIDS Services Project (ROADS II). Implemented by FHI 360, ROADS II is a performance-based award designed to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among the most vulnerable populations living in and around the Djibouti-Ethiopia transport corridor. Targeted populations receive access to HIV/AIDS detection and treatment services as well as training on safe-sex behaviors. In May and June 2016, Banyan Global’s evaluation team assessed the project’s ability to achieve service-delivery targets; strengthen the ministry of health and its partners in managing the national program strategy; and fortify HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and supportive-care services. The evaluation team reviewed project documentation and performance reports, interviewed 25 health providers, 7 non-governmental organization managers, 12 program staff members, and 62 beneficiaries to assess the project’s strategies, processes, and outcomes. The results and findings of the evaluation provided USAID with a detailed assessment regarding the project’s impact on public and private partner organizational, performance, and financial capacity. Recommendations were provided outlining future project interventions to address identified organizational weaknesses and financial sustainability.
The Sustaining Health Outcome through the Private Sector (SHOPS Plus) Plus project in Madagascar aims at supporting the goals of USAID and the Government of Madagascar in the areas of family planning and reproductive health. The strategic objective of SHOPS Plus Madagascar is to increase access to and use of priority health products through strategic expansion of private sector approaches in the health system.
Banyan Global will be leading the access to finance component which looks to stimulate health sector lending and strengthening private providers of health services. USAID and AccesBanque Madagascar signed a Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantee to support the bank’s entry into the health sector. Banyan Global will work directly with the bank providing support in developing value proposition for the sector and utilizing the DCA guarantee.
Banyan Global will also work with Marie Stopes International (MSI) and other health sector providers to strengthen the business management capacity of MSI BlueStar and other health providers in Madagascar. Specifically, Banyan Global will conduct a training needs assessment, and based on findings, will develop and facilitate appropriate business and financial management trainings.
Banyan Global’s gender work in the Mali Sub-National Governance Project (SNGP) is part of a larger multi-year project with Tetratech as the prime partner. SNGP advances Mali’s decentralization process by creating and institutionalizing financial and asset-management procedures and containing corruption. It also improves operational efficiency in the management of Mali’s financial resources between Bamako and the regions, ensuring that public funds intended for decentralized services are delivered effectively and transparently. The project will focus on public financial management (PFM) and will focus on creating and institutionalizing effective financial and asset management procedures, containing corruption, and improving overall operational efficiency in the management of Mali’s financial resources between Bamako and the regions, thus ensuring that public funds intended for decentralized services are delivered effectively and transparently.
Specific to gender integration, the project foresees research, activities and recommendations on instituting a one third quota of female public servants and creating regional training, advocacy and campaign programs on gender equality. Our full-time, local gender specialist will facilitate a gender analysis for the project to determine systemic constraints and opportunities for addressing gender inequalities. This study’s findings will be used to design a gender action plan, conduct gender-mainstreaming training for the SNGP team and its partners, and design targeted interventions to bolster the project’s impact to foster gender equality and female empowerment. Banyan Global also will lead all capacity building of local partners supporting the gender-integration action plan.
Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Djibouti, and Uganda, November 2015 – January 2016
Under the Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, this task order’s objective was to assist USAID/Kenya and East Africa in integrating gender considerations into its Regional Development Cooperation Strategy for 2016 through 2020. The gender analysis examined regional and cross-border issues in trade, agriculture, the environment, health, conflict, and governance throughout East Africa. Gender-analysis research methodology included a literature review of more than 40 resources and informant interviews and focus group discussions in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Djibouti, and Uganda. Interview and focus group participants included personnel from USAID missions, as well as implementing partners, regional intergovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, and community-based organizations. The gender-analysis report included practical and evidence-based crosscutting, institutional, and sector-specific recommendations on how to better address gender issues in regional East Africa programming.
Banyan Global is a subcontractor to Abt Associates on the USAID Ghana SHOPS project, which will scale up USAID’s efforts in improving private sector providers’ access to finance and capacity to provide quality maternal, neonatal and child health, and malaria services. Banyan Global is leading work to expand access to finance and business strengthening for the private sector. Specifically, this includes the following: working with Fidelity Bank and other banks to expand lending to the health sector; supporting the utilization of a Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantee to Fidelity to stimulate lending to the health sector; providing technical assistance to the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) to support financing to its members; developing a mutual guarantee for CHAG as a strategy to expand financing; and developing and rolling out a business training program for CHAG members and other private health providers.
GEEL is a sole-award, five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a goal of promoting inclusive economic growth in Somalia and with an overall ceiling price of $74 million. The contract addresses multiple constraints to economic growth in Somalia, including lack of financial institutions, issues with business climate and commercial law, lack of demanded work skills, and constraints unique to women and youth. As a sub-contractor to Engility, Banyan Global is leading the design and development of Gender and Youth Empowerment Action Plans (GYEAP) and implementation of gender and youth integration activities. Banyan Global’s full-time international gender and youth expert will oversee a national team integrating youth and gender considerations into all project activities, and together they will develop Youth Engagement and Protection Policies which establish protocols and procedures to ensure safety and prevent exploitation and abuse of youth who participate in project activities. Throughout the duration of the contract, Banyan Global will deliver trainings tailored to Somali gender and cultural norms to all project staff on gender and youth integration tools and techniques, gender- and youth-sensitive facilitation, and integrating gender and youth in M&E processes.
Engility and Banyan Global will be implementing the first task order on increasing competitiveness of agricultural value chains under this IDIQ mechanism. Banyan Global is currently undertaking a participatory project gender analysis in South Central, Somaliland, and Puntland regions of Somalia, examining gender dynamics across four value chains. Banyan Global also implemented a Women In Agribusiness Forum that brought together women business leaders, organizations, business associations, agricultural/farmer groups from across South-Central, Somalia to identify the specific needs of women in business and opportunities and potential solutions to address these needs.
The focus of the USAID-funded Trade and Investment Hub Project is to improve the capacity of West Africa’s private sector and business enabling environment by building capacity and addressing constraints. Specifically, the project uses a multi-tiered approach to better value chain performance in regional staple foods – such as livestock and grains – and global exports, including cashew, shea, mango, and apparel.
Banyan Global is leading the finance and investment component of the project, facilitating over $62 million in financing to exporters, traders, and agricultural processors. Our work builds the capacity of firms and financial intermediaries to access critical debt and equity for agribusinesses – as well as cross-cutting supporting industries, such as transport firms, warehouses, and packaging manufacturers. In particular, Banyan Global is building the capacity of over 30 West African financial intermediaries (financial advisors) on how to develop credible business concepts to successfully access commercial financing. We are also partnering with regional financial institutions across West Africa, providing technical assistance and training on expanding their lending to agribusinesses. All of our work is done with and through African partner organizations to build skills, capacity, and institutional sustainability.
USAID’s Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening activity provides integrated and coordinated technical assistance in the area of health systems strengthening at the central, decentralized and community levels in order to improve leadership and advocacy; strengthen governance, policy and planning; increase revenue mobilized by the health sector through domestic and private sector sources to achieve sustainability; improve and expand quality health services through more effective and efficient use of resources; and improve monitoring and evaluation and learning. Banyan Global’s role on the project is to formalize, strengthen and incentivize public-private partnerships (PPP) and support the development of a PPP unit in the ministry of health; strengthen revenue generation and mobilization by supporting the scale-up of a community health worker model; support public facilities in business planning and strengthening self-sufficiency; and create a framework for private sector investment in health. Banyan Global is also leading gender integration on the project. This includes designing and conducting training for project staff on gender integration; developing gender integration action plans for each of the project’s technical areas; developing a gender integration policy for the project; implementing gender integration activities; and assisting in monitoring and evaluation.
Banyan Global is a subcontractor to AECOM on the $65 million USAID-funded Southern Africa Trade Hub (Trade Hub) project that works to reduce time and costs of transporting goods across borders, strengthen the competitiveness of agriculture value chains, increase trade and investment in Southern Africa’s textile and apparel sector, and increase the capacity for regulating and enhancing the clean energy sector. Banyan Global leads the project’s gender integration efforts. Our Gender Advisor provides on-going support to each project team in work plan development and implementation, and designed and delivered foundational gender integration trainings for staff, USAID, and project partners. Banyan Global also completed a Gender Audit to monitor progress made in mainstreaming gender within the program. Banyan Global designed and delivered regional Persuasive Communications and Negotiations training for female entrepreneurs and business-owners in Zambia, Namibia, and Botswana. The training offered women entrepreneurs dedicated coaching and capacity building on impact and delivery styles, visual and verbal presentation techniques, goal and audience, confidence and assertiveness, negotiation, persuasion, credibility and trust, as well as discussions on how culture and gender influence communication.
In 2015, Banyan Global designed and conducted three gender analyses in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. Gender analyses examined value chains to systematically gather information on gender differences to identify and understand the different roles; divisions of labor, resources, constraints, needs, and opportunities/capacities; and, interests of men and women in the agriculture sector and specific value chains. Gender analysis findings were then used to develop a set of more nuanced gender sensitive interventions, including tailored, country-specific gender integration training for local project partners. In addition, Banyan Global developed a chapter on gender integration and women’s inclusion in the Government of Swaziland’s Renewable Energy and Independent Power Producer Policy. Banyan Global also led a gender assessment on women informal cross border traders (ICBTs) in Southern Africa. The final report entitled, “Women Informal Cross-Border Traders in Southern Africa: Contributions, Constraints, and Opportunities” examines the constraints, challenges, and opportunities experienced by women ICBTs in doing business and interacting with officials at border crossings. across the region to examine constraints experienced by women informal cross border traders, including gender-based violence and harassment.
Working under the SHOPS project, Banyan Global field-tested its Business for Health training program in Kenya. This is a competency-based training program in business administration and financial management. The SHOPS project designed the program for private practitioners who balance the rigors of a clinical practice with the need to manage their own health business. The curriculum helps private providers acquire the competencies required to run a private practice. It covers the key areas of a health practice: management, operations, health services quality, finance, and marketing. Following the field test, Banyan Global finalized the training and conducted a training of trainers in Kenya, building the capacity of local organizations and trainers to roll the training out to private health providers. Banyan Global is overseeing the rollout of this training in several locations in Kenya.
In Benin Banyan Global participated in a private health–sector assessment, making recommendations to USAID to strengthen the private health sector, including expanding access to finance. As a result of this assessment, Banyan Global is working to support a credit guarantee with Ecobank and is reaching out to other financial institutions to expand financing for the health sector. Banyan Global is also rolling out a business training program for private health providers.
The Private Health Support (PHS) program aims to strengthen, organize and mobilize the private sector to provide Ugandans with the option of obtaining high-quality health services from private providers in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, and safe male circumcision. The project also supports orphans and vulnerable populations. In partnership with Cardno Emerging Markets, Banyan Global is strengthening the capacity of the private healthcare delivery system through the provision of business training and expanding access to financial services. Banyan Global is working through local organizations to build capacity to offer business training and counseling services to private health providers. Business training focuses on business and financial management, inventory and stock control, cash flow management, financial reporting, business planning and accessing finance. Banyan Global is also supporting two Uganda banks in using their USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantees for the health sector. Specifically, Banyan Global is delivering tailored training on health-sector lending and loan product development coupled with detailed market information and market linkage support. Banyan Global assists the two DCA banks with developing a pipeline of potential healthcare borrowers, focusing on rural, first time, and female borrowers. Banyan Global is gathering baseline data on DCA recipients related to their business, finance, and health delivery systems to determine the impact of the loans. Banyan Global conducted an assessment on construction and housing finance for the health sector which was presented to leading Ugandan financial institutions and undertook a survey on the state of lending to the health sector.
Banyan Global is the prime implementer of the USAID-funded Saving Maternity Homes in Ghana, Innovate for Health Project. This program focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing private maternity homes in Ghana, piloting an innovative approach to revitalize the private maternity sector in underserved areas. The project is working with existing private maternity home owners who may be nearing retirement on “transformation” options – selling the facility, leasing out the facility, bringing on a partner, bringing on a manager, or bringing on a specialist who will enable the facility to diversify its service offerings. New owners and/or managers may be other private maternity home owners, public sector midwives looking to transition to the private sector, other health professionals, or non-health professionals seeking investment opportunities. Ultimately, this program has the potential to increase access, improve efficiencies and expand quality maternal-child healthcare in rural areas. Banyan Global is also conducting operations research to examine the impact of programming and generate lessons learned for future replication. Banyan Global is implementing the project in partnership with the Ghana Registered Midwives Association.