Women Inclusion and Value Chain Development - CBS experts assist in preparing a Guide for Practitioners

From left to right: Erald Lamja – expert PLGP; Grania Mackie – expert in GSVCA, PLGP; Liana Suleymanova – New Business Development Director, CBS; Kevin McLaughlin – Chief of Party, PLGP; Eljo Muçaj – Managing Director, CBS


Creative Business Solutions experts assist USAID’s Planning and Local Governance Project in preparing a guide on value chain development, especially targeting women. This document concludes that developing better economic strategies and thereby enhancing opportunities and growth of local economies, is closely linked with the proper analysis and evaluation of women’s roles in various enterprises across the country and across various sectors.

As part of the USAID, Planning and Local Governance Project’s “Women, Peace & Security” program, funded by USAID, the guide targets practitioners and interested stakeholders in value chain development in Albania. The document was publicly presented during a conference on “Unveiling the potential: Gender-sensitive value chain analysis for developing better economic policies and programs”, organized on March 5th, 2020.

The activity was held in the atrium of the Ministry of Agriculture – particularly fitting background- amidst trees, greenery and a little fountain that complemented this delicate but yet important topic. The presentation also included a document on “Policy Improvement for Economic Empowerment of Woman and Value Chain Development, at central and local level”, as well as the actual analytical reports for 6 Albanian municipalities, more specifically Bulqiza, Pogradec, Cërrik, Librazhd, Dibër, and Kamëz.

For a country like Albania, where over 40% of women work in agriculture, and of which 23% (between the age of 15-46 years old) is engaged in unpaid work in family businesses, marking twice the number of men in same conditions (12%), these documents are a stepping stone towards understanding and applying gender-responsive approaches to value chain analysis.

The audience – representatives of central and local power as well as international bodies and partners, amongst whom the head of USAID in Albania, Ms. Mikaela Meredith – was presented with insights from both important documents, milestones of the PLGP project itself. Ms. Grania Mackie, PLGP’s international expert on gender-sensitive value chain analysis and Mr. Erald Lamja, PLGP’s local economic development expert, offered their extensive expertise on evaluating, understanding and adopting gender-sensitive policies, which aim at the inclusion of women and value chain development in Albania.

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in Albania, Mr. Bledi Çuçi expressed his immense appreciation for the work done by USAID’s PLGP project, and also highlighted the need for capacity building and better know-how for local government units who are directly responsible in supporting women in rural communities and enterprises.


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