Meet the Teams: Dairy Value Chain

Small-scale dairy is practiced by more than 70 million rural households, the majority of which are run by women. Women play a pivotal role in dairy production but their effort does not get the due recognition and they face many obstacles. This reduces cost-effectiveness of dairy work for them. Small-scale dairy presents many other problems for women: low recognition, lack of access to affordable credit, risk mitigation mechanisms and insurance, markets, and lack of knowledge on feed and fodder. Dairy work does not economically empower women to the expected level in spite of being a source of supplementary income and nutritional security.
To improve this situation, CARE India implemented a pilot project to promote a gender inclusive dairy value chain in Tamil Nadu from 2013-2015. The project enabled women to become entrepreneurs along all nodes of the value chain in addition to being animal owners, by designing and developing new credit products for setting up feed shops, fodder plots and heifer calves. The project helped women access livelihood finance by moving them up the value chain.

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Meet the Team

R. Devaprakash  | Regional Program Director | CARE India
As a Regional Program Director with CARE India, Devaprakash has lead over 10 projects and managed over 40 NGO partners for qualitative implementation to create impact at the community level. Devaprakash has also established strategic partnerships with business schools, governments, financial institutions and business networks and presented several papers and publications in global conferences on financial services. Over the past several years, Devaprakash has published over 60 articles on banking, rural finance and livelihoods in leading journals and magazines. Devaprakash has worked with CARE India since 2001; and has over 28 years of experience in banking, economic analysis, rural livelihoods and agricultural development. Going forward, Devaprakash will focus on representation and liaising with local bodies, national and local advocacy by creating innovative partnership, business linkages and visibility. Devaprakash holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore and is a member of the Indian Society of Social Scientists and the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics.
Shashank Bibhu | Technical Specialist, Livelihoods | CARE India

Shashank provides in depth understanding of market and development issues with knowledge in approaches and models of livelihood programming, specifically in value chain promotion, to help advance CARE India’s livelihood programs’ approaches and strategies. As a member of the CARE International task team, Shashank constituted “Women in Value Chains Global Strategy”, and today he is supporting the expansion of the design to increase reach and impact of the initiative. Shashank will be supporting the team with active engagement in the field, including leading scoping studies in new geographies. In addition, Shashank will develop and contextualize geography and channel specific business plans and value provisions, while liaising with national and state level actors and institutions. Previously, Shashank has worked with the Indian School of Microfinance for Women, Ahmedabad (ISMW), leading projects for the UNDP; and has received several trainings from CARE India and CARE Bangladesh. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Symboisis International University and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Manipal University.

R. Balaji | Value Chain Coordinator | CARE India

Balaji is a Value Chain Coordinator for CARE India, and specializes in microfinance and livelihood. He supports the team with his technical oversight, guidance, direction and supervision in the areas of participatory DVC and women’s entrepreneurship development. Balaji has several publications, including the “Dairy Value Chain Approach” and “Financial Literacy Module for Community.” His previous work with CARE India was in the role of Specialist-Capacity Building & Dairy, where he managed the portfolio of Dairy and Capacity Building. Before joining CARE India in 2009, Balaji served as the Chief Manager of Operations at Sangamam Womens Cooperative and looked after 38 microfinance branches. Balaji has over 10 years of experience in livelihood, research, program management, and microfinance, and has an Agriculture, Management and Doctoral background. He is a certified Microfinance Expert from Franfurt Institute of Finance & Management and holds a Master of Business Administration from Alagappa University obtained in 2009.

Meet the Teams: Team Based Goals and Incentives (TBGI)

Bihar is one of India’s largest states, home to almost 100 million people. It is also one of its poorest states, affected with high maternal and infant mortality rates, malnutrition, anemia, poor family planning services and a plethora of diseases claiming lives. The lack of motivation in Community Health Workers (CHWs) is a critical barrier in the delivery of relevant health services and messages to clients. This lack of motivation is compounded by the fact that a CHW has to solely survive on incentives for services provided, or is paid a nominal honorarium. Amplifying the problem is the absence of functional integration of health programs. In Bihar, there are three cadres of CHWs – Auxiliary Nurse & Midwifes,  Accredited Social Health Activists from Department of Health, and Anganwadi Workers from Department of Integrated Child Health Services under the Social Welfare ministry – who are supposed to be serving the same clients. Yet these three groups function disparately and do not coordinate or collaborate with each other since they belong to different departments.

Drawing from the business world, CARE developed an innovation that aimed to strengthen the teamwork and motivation of the CHWs, called Team-Based Goals and Incentives (TBGI). It integrated both the motivational power of incentives and the virtues of teamwork. We facilitated the formation of a ‘team’ that brings all three cadres of CHWs together on a single platform. We let the team mutually decide and set goals for the provision of services in their catchment area with specific numeric targets on predetermined health indicators for each quarter. The team then worked together to meet the targets. All operational challenges were alleviated through mutual support and leveraging of individual competencies.

TBGI was piloted in 76 Health Sub Centers (38 treatment + 38 control) in the Begusarai district of Bihar. An independent randomized controlled trial showed encouraging results after just one year of implementation in exclusive breastfeeding (71 percent in treatment area versus 61 percent in control) and use of modern contraceptives (26 percent in treatment area versus 15 percent in control), among other areas.

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Meet the Team

HEMANTKUMAR G. SHAH | Chief of Party, Bihar Technical Support Project | CARE India

Dr. Hemant Shah was the Director of the State RMNCH+A Unit, Bihar, prior to being promoted to the COP position. He has successfully established the biggest State RMNCH+A Unit in India and has helped the Government of Bihar develop various policies/ revise existing policies on public health for the state, rationalize deployment of specialist doctors, assisted the government in gap analysis of procurement systems, helped prepare specifications for equipment and provided guidance in the preparation of state PIPs etc. Being the main interface with the government, Dr. Shah’s role is critical in establishing buy-ins, planning and implementing the scale-up.

AMITAVA BANERJEE| Communications Specialist | CARE India

Amitava Banerjee heads all communications for the program and is an expert on IEC/BCC strategies and advocacy communications. He is responsible for positioning, branding and dissemination of all program initiatives to different national and global stakeholders, and the media by translating complex implementation and impact data into comprehensible creative outputs for diverse audiences. Amitava joined the social sector after spending close to 17 years heading marketing and communications for multi-million dollar businesses in the Indian sub-continental and APMEA markets. He has been supporting advocacy efforts for scale up of TBGI since last 1 year through the strategic use of the media. His communication skills will prove invaluable when advocating the need of addressing the “motivation” barrier and the potential of TBGI to impact lives and transform the health landscape.

SUNIL MOHANTY | Program Manager, Gaya | CARE India

Sunil Mohanty has more than 14 years of experience in managing large scale health programs and implementing them at scale through the government. Sunil has been associated with Team Based Goals and Incentive Pilot Program (TBGI) right since conceptualization and design of the innovation. He was involved in preparing the concept notes, tools and sharing of the concept with government counterparts and securing the necessary approvals. Also, Sunil was the Manager of the pilot district of Begusarai and led project implementation and assisted the CML team in conducting the baselines assessments for Begusarai.

MOHAMMED AFTAB ALAM | Program Manager, Saharsa | CARE India

Aftab has been working in the project since inception and has more than 7 years of experience working with the government health system. He is skilled at mentoring and managing teams, collaborating with the government, implementation on ground and anticipating barriers to implementation. He brings in the experience of implementing the pilot for the first year and having supported the formative phase with development of indicators, identifying factors driving motivation of FLWs, designing and testing of tools, budgeting costs and identifying possible barriers to implementation and finding ways around them. During implementation, Aftab had built the capacity of other team members involved in the pilot.

AMARJEET PRABHAKAR | District Manager, Begusarai | CARE India

Amarjeet Prabhakar has more than 12 years of experience in managing health and ICDS programs. His skills lie around mentoring and managing teams, collaborating with government counterparts and program implementation. Amarjeet has been working with this innovation since last two years in Begusarai. He is responsible for inclusion of TBGI in the government PIP. He has been involved in many research and evaluations for the innovation including supporting the end line assessment by Mathematica.

 

Meet the Teams: Social Impact Incubator (SII)

In Burundi, as in most of CARE’s presence countries, civil society organizations (CSOs) struggle to develop their full potential and this contributes to CSOs’ low capacities and weak internal systems and impact. Not only does this require CARE to invest in heavy compliance systems and in direct capacity building of implementing partners but this is an obstacle in finding strategic partners and allies to reach shared goals and multiply impact.

The Social Impact Incubator (SII) is an innovative approach to institutional development based on CSOs needs. It is available free of charge to any selected local emerging CSOs and targets their institutional capacities and relations with peers and potential donors. Through a seven-month strengthening process, these participating organizations (called Champions) receive support in donor engagement, learning, mentorship programs, networking and capacity building.

A recent evaluation of the SII assessed its effect on the two first cohorts (2013 and 2014) totaling 33 Champions. It found that 78% of the Champions increased their revenue after the training through 40 new donor connections directly attributed to the SII (total USD 1.2M). Most Champions have strengthened their strategic planning and have become professional organizations (65% have increased the size of their paid staff and 66% have improved management systems). Two-thirds of the participant note increased collaboration and networking with peer CSOs and 81% of Champions have gained new partners.

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Meet the Team

Rose-Marie Nkubiri | Director of Finances and Administration | CARE Burundi

Rose-Marie Nkubiri has spent 12 years with CARE Burundi. She joined CARE as Support Program Officer of a Sub office. Now she is the Director of Finances and Administration. Rose Marie Rose Marie plays a critical role strategic decision making and operations within CARE Burundi to enhance the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT. Rose Marie is also responsible for all aspect related to ensure Gender, Equity and Diversity within CARE Burundi. Previously before joining CARE, she was a Director of an NGO, “Penal Reform International.” She also occupied a position of Administrative Assistant in a UNDP project called “National Communication on Climate Change.” She holds a Bachelor Diploma in Management, completed a training course in Business Administration at the Pan-African Institute for Development (IPD) in Douala / Cameroon.

Josée Ntabahungu | Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Program (GEWEP) Lead | CARE Burundi

Josée Ntabahungu is a formal journalist. She has presented news for 8 years at national television. She is among the first women journalists who founded women’s journalist association, and was very active in women empowerment and gender promotion. From there she joined CARE International in Burundi 12 years now, were she has been a strong advocacy and communications person. She was writing CARE Burundi Newspaper, called “Did you Know?” Today she is leading the gender equality and women empowerment program, in which 8 national NGOs are partners. She holds a degree in social science, history, and has followed many others trainings in women rights and leadership. 50 Years old, Josée is a very dynamic person full of energy and committed for gender equality and women’s rights and leadership.

Marie Louse Nzosaba | Monitoring and Evaluation Officer | CARE Burundi

Marie Louise Nzosaba is very active in the area of preventing VGB and supporting survivors of VBG and is among founders of a local association that is running a well known center that support survivors of VGB. SERUKA: Coming Out of the Dark! She has been working with CARE for 11 years. In her current position she is supporting CARE partners to put in place effectiveM&E tools for conflict resolution and promotion of women participation post conflict resolutions formal and informal mechanisms. Previously she work for CARE as a psychosocial officer. She also worked at Centre Seruka and was a teacher in secondary schools for 4 years.  She hold a bachelor degree in Psychology.

Bosco Ntirivamunda | Internal Auditor Manager | CARE Burundi

Bosco Ntirivamunda  has been working with CARE Burundi as an Internal Auditor Manager since January 2008 up today. He is supporting the organization to achieve its mission by participating in strategic decision-making, ensure that effective accountability, governance and compliance mechanisms are in place for both CARE and partners. He also provide assurance that resources are safeguarded, operations are cost-effectively managed, and policies and procedures regulations are in compliance with donors rules. As Internal Audit unit was new position in CARE Burundi, Bosco helps CARE Staff and Partners to have better understanding of internal audit unit roles and responsibilities. He helps CARE Burundi starting implementation partnership and works on strengthening Burundi civil society, on partnerships governance and accountability. Bosco start working with CARE Burundi in 2004 as Grants and Contracts Manager of Consortium Livelihood program under USAID Funds. He has good understanding of different donor’s compliance and regulations such USAID, EU, Norad and ADA. Before joining CARE Burundi, he works as Accountant and Administrator Manager with Oxfam GB from 2001 to 2004. Previously, he had worked as provincial delegate Chamber of Commerce and Industry helping economics operators and government’s policy and regulations complied. He had developed skills to work with different persons with multi-culture and nationality and vertical and horizontal collaboration. He holds Accountant Institute diploma degree from Burundi University.

Jimmy Mategeko | Knowledge Management and Partnership Coordinator | CARE Burundi

Jimmy Mategeko has been working with CARE for 10 years.  He is supporting the CO to enhance its Knowledge Mangement (K&M) systems (sharing, documentation and reflection) and he is also supporting the CO in its road map toward Effective Partnership to strengthen CSO and engage in innovative partnerships.  He has been the focal point for the SII for the last 2 sessions. Previous to the position, Jimmy managed for 7 years several projects and this has enable him to gain a proven experience in project management on the following areas: livelihood, women economic empowerment, prevention and response to GBV, sexual and reproductive health right. Jimmy has also an experience in working in cross sectorial partnerships. Prior to joining CARE, Jimmy worked in different NGOs including Solidarite and ASI. Jimmy is curious and a long live learner, he is committed to gender equality and define himself as “feminist.”

Sébastien Fornerod | Civil Society Program Advisor | CARE Norway

Sébastien Fornerod has been working with CARE Norway as a Program Advisor since 2012. He follows up the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Program (GEWEP) funded by the Norwegian Agency for Cooperation Development (Norad) in Burundi and in DRC. He also works thematically on strengthening civil society, on partnerships and on accountability. Previously, some other positions he had over the years were: Communication Advisor with the Drylands Coordination Group (Sahel); Program Coordinator for Norwegian Church Aid (LAC region); Strategic Advisor for the CIPCRE, an environmental and social NGO in Cameroon; and Advocacy Advisor for the Joint Advocacy Desk of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine. He holds a Master degree in Religious Hermeneutics.

Laurent Uwumuremyi | Country Director | CARE Burundi

Laurent Uwumuremyi is the Country Director of CARE Burundi. With 20 years of international development and humanitarian experience in East, Central and Western Africa, Laurent has strong background in developing and optimizing corporate efficiency and leading its strategy and operations at national level. He is adept in community and country-wide development, restructuring and rebuilding management, and has significant experience in structural change management and organizational development. He is an excellent mentor, a team builder and player. He is recognized for high standards of professionalism and integrity, positive mental attitude and commitment to excellence.  He is keen in provision of strategic and operational management oversight to programs and operations (finance, logistics and administration ensuring that each department is efficient, effective and accountable). He also has proven experience in promoting learning across teams and programs.

Meet the Teams: Journeys of Transformation

Globally, women have lower literacy and numeracy rates than men, less access to financial services, lower rates of school completion and less access to current information or technology about banking or financial entrepreneurship. A growing “digital divide” reflects how women also have lower adoption rates for digital technology, including mobile banking. In Rwanda, the mobile phone penetration is relatively high, with 77.8 % of the total population owning mobile cellular telephones. But despite the fact that women’s main work is done inside their household contexts, the majority of women’s financial empowerment approaches (including VSLA) typically take place outside of the household. This does not recognize that many women operate and need to negotiate relationships within the household and can result in interventions that may not support women’s economic empowerment or improve their low status in households.

The intervention proposed is based on experience of adapting and adding to classic VSLA methodology to specifically address household power dynamics, domestic violence and division of unpaid workload issues that are often at the core of inequitable gender norms. This “Journeys of Transformation” approach has been tested in one country (Rwanda) and shows promise. The families of men who participated in these group sessions saw significantly higher income gains compared to those families who did not participate.

CARE Rwanda is experienced in engaging men for gender equality and women’s empowerment program. Research on CARE’s engaging men interventions has shown that if they are effectively engaged with an appropriate model, men can support their wives to fully enjoy their rights in a broader sense and challenge inequitable gender norms that prevent women from reaching their development potential.

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Doris Bartel | Senior Director, Gender and Empowerment Unit | CARE USA

Doris Bartel leads CARE USA’s Gender and Empowerment unit which works to achieve meaningful progress on women’s rights and gender equality in CARE’s programmatic strategies.  She works with teams around the world to apply innovation and best practice for more targeted gender transformative strategies in addressing root causes of poverty and injustice.  She has led qualitative and participatory action research to explore sensitive topics such as intimate partner violence, expression of sexuality, and child marriage as well as issues affecting children and their families at the end of life.  She leads CARE USA’s representation in gender related consortia, including co-chairing the Interagency Gender Working Group’s Gender-Based Violence Task Force led by USAID’s office of Population and Reproductive Health.

Janvier Kubwimana | Project Manager | CARE Rwanda

Janvier Kubwimana is the Project Manager of a NORAD-funded Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Project, Janvier joined CARE Rwanda in 2011with 6 years of experience working in Development and Health sector in Rwanda where he specifically worked for UNFPA coordinating its Gender, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Population, and HIV/AIDS interventions in different districts of Rwanda. He holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health.

Bena Musembi | Country Director | CARE Rwanda

Bena Musembi is a results-oriented development professional with 20 years of experience in international development. Currently as CARE Rwanda’s Country Director since September 2015, and previously as CARE Burundi’s CD, she has successfully lead organizational change management processes, and overseen diverse development and humanitarian interventions in roles as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Head of Programming and Learning, Senior Program Officer and Market Researcher in multi-country contexts.

Lea Liliane Niyibizi | Project Manager | CARE Rwanda

Lea Liliane Niyibizi is the Project Manager for Indashyikirwa Project, a GBV prevention project funded by DFID, Lea joined CARE Rwanda in November 2014 with 12 years’ experience working in Gender, GBV prevention and GBV response in Rwandan Health Sector; She has worked especially with Ministry of Health to develop Health providers training manual for management of GBV cases and she has worked on integrating GBV OSC (One Stop Center) in District Hospitals. She holds a Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management.

Sidonie Uwimpuhwe | Program Coordinator | CARE Rwanda

Sidonie Uwimpuhwe is the Coordinator of Vulnerable Women Program in Rwanda since 2012, she has joined CARE Rwanda with 10 years of experience working in the public health sector as a senior civil servant. Sidonie is a seasoned senior professional with a wider range of experience in gender equality and women empowerment that includes women economic empowerment; prevention and response to violence against women and girls; women’s leadership and political participation; engaging men and boys for gender equality; grassroots activism and women collective action, advocacy, civil society strengthening, etc. She holds a Master degree in Public Health and a Master of Science in Gender and Development.

Meet the Teams: Gender Equity and Diversity Training

CARE’s bold vision and 2020 program strategy is a call for transformative change. Its success comes down to our core asset: people. We can design the most advanced technology and cutting edge program strategies, but ultimately, our impact is dependent on people— our staff and partners—to implement them successfully. We will reach short of our impact goals if we do not fully equip our staff and partners to address unconscious bias and negotiate diversity and power in their lives and work.

CARE has an incredible solution to address this problem: our Gender Equity and Diversity training. And yet, we have failed to fully scale it and tap the full potential of our staff. When CARE walks the talk on gender equity and diversity (GED), we not only bring legitimacy and authenticity to our engagement with communities and advocacy with stakeholders, but we also increase performance, inspire creative solutions, and build more trusting, effective partnerships with others. CARE’s GED trainings equip participants with communication tools, self-awareness and sensitivity to the context of others by building awareness of one’s own values, beliefs, biases and privileges across varying lines of diversity (gender, age, class, ethnicity, work style) and how they change in different contexts. Done in a group setting, individuals build deeper understanding of their peers as well.

The training also connects the experiential training exercises with program design and implementation, inspiring staff to think about how they engage with communities, stakeholders and power-holders, and partner with others in ways that change power dynamics and support vibrant social and feminist movements globally. For example, in CARE Uganda, trained staff went on to train local partner staff and have added GED methodologies into programming, which they cite as critical to their advocacy and rights work with disenfranchised communities.

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Meet the Team

Kassie McIlvaine | Manager – Gender, Equity and Diversity Solutions | CARE USA

Kassie McIlvaine has 20 years of experience as a manager of non-profit organisation in post-conflict environments, strong leadership and change management skills, promotes innovation in design, monitoring and evaluation so that impact and change can happen. She has  passion for addressing gender, equity and diversity in the organisation but also in programming.

Theresa Hwang | Gender Director | CARE USA

Theresa Hwang provides strategic guidance for integrating gender into program design, implementation, M&E across diverse technical programming areas, and creates supportive organizational policies & practices on gender and diversity. She is a highly skilled trainer and facilitator on gender programming and mainstreaming. Theresa has designed and managed multi-country initiatives utilizing participatory action research and learning, focusing on gender equality, child marriage, GBV, HIV prevention, and engaging men and boys. Prior to CARE, she has worked with Doctors of the World in Sri Lanka, and the Global Fund for Women. She holds an MPA from Princeton University.

Kalkidan Lekaw | GED Officer | CARE Ethiopia

Kalkidan Lekaw is passionate and dedicated to changing the world with women having more opportunities. She is responsible for addressing gender, equity and diversity issues within the organisation of CARE Ethiopia and focuses on capacity building, policy development and creating space and opportunities.

Walter Fordham | Senior GED Advisor | CARE USA

Walter Fordham is a high energy Organizational Development (OD) Professional with over 23 years of successful and progressive experience. He has proven expertise in group facilitation, training, agenda design, organizational development and employee relations and an effective leader with cultural sensitivity, exceptional facilitation and coaching skills, and strong employee development. He has demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a high level of rapport with all levels of employees.

Rose Amulen | WE Coordinator | CARE Uganda

Rose Amulen has over 13 years experience working in the field of development, gender and peace building, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, and participatory development. She also has hands on experience working with highly vulnerable people including internally displaced persons, refugees, victims of war, rape and trauma, and people with disabilities. Rose has strong skills in project design, implementation and evaluation, proposal writing and formation of partnerships and collaborations.

Nancy Bryan | GED Facilitator | CARE USA

Nancy Bryan has 29 years of experience at CARE in human resources and supporting the capacity development of staff and teams. She is a GED trainer and is passionate about building a network and taking these trainings to scale

 

 

Meet the Teams: Krishi Utsho

In Bangladesh informal village level micro‐entrepreneur input suppliers, the primary source of inputs and advisory services for most smallholder farmers, either don’t exist or crowd out/cannibalize each other’s businesses because they operate within the same limited ranges.  Where they do exist these micro‐entrepreneurs often lack access to formal supplies of quality agriculture inputs, market information, technical knowledge, business skills, and access to working capital to serve the smallholders who depend on them. As a result modern technologies, products and services cannot reach farmers, which ultimately limits their livelihood and resilience potential. Additionally, formal input supply companies do not know who their final customers are because their direct connection in their distribution chain does not extend to the last‐mile retailers and farmers. As a result, they cannot ensure product quality at the village level.

Resolving these issues would allow many smallholder farmers to increase their productivity by at least 50% and increase their income by 30% as demonstrated in our current operation areas. For this reason, CARE initiated Krishi Utsho (KU) agro input retailers’ microfranchise1 network in 2012 in rural Bangladesh as a one-stop solution to provide timely access to affordable and quality agriculture inputs and advisory services for rural smallholder farmers, particularly women. KU franchisees sell a variety of quality agricultural inputs at the village level, and provide formal private extension and advisory services to the farmers living in their communities. Through selecting and branding franchisees at the very last mile the network serves over 25,000 smallholder farmers, particularly vulnerable women in Southwestern and Northwestern Bangladesh, contributing to their increased productivity and resilience.

An impact assessment survey conducted by Krishi Utsho in 2015 on a sample of 400 farmers it served demonstrated that 58% farmers increased expenditure in goods, 56% increased their spending on education, 57% increased health spending, 54% increased their agriculture expenditure and 31% increased farmers’ income, from $171 to $225.

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MARUF AZAM | General Manager – Krishi Utsho Microfranchise | CARE Bangladesh    

With more than 12 years of professional experience in both the non-profit and for-profit arena, Maruf has an extensive technical and business background.  He is an expert in business development and hence, responsible for, the strategic planning, supply chain, management, business development, financial planning and overall leadership of Krishi Utsho.  Maruf has his MBA in Marketing from the University of Dhaka.

SABRINA SAHRIN| Project Support Officer (L&D) | CARE Bangladesh

Sabrina is working as the Monitoring and Evaluation expert in the Krishi Utsho team.  She is responsible in tracking the progress of the scaling-up efforts of KU and manages records as well as document and analyze evidence on the social-economic impact of KU.  She studied Development Studies and Information Communication Technology which puts her in the right place to manage MIS data, track KU activities, and analyze impact.

SCOTT MERRILL | Senior Technical Advisor – Markets & Livelihoods | CARE USA

Scott is a private sector development specialist and has over ten years of experience facilitating value chain and market development programs to address issues in agriculture, food security, climate change resilience, and disaster risk reduction in Bangladesh, Uganda, Zambia, Myanmar, Lebanon, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Mongolia, among other countries.  Scott brings strong systems perspective to Krishi Utsho’s transformation to a self-sustaining agro inputs franchise.  Scott holds an MA in International Relations and International Economics from John Hopkins and speaks English, Bengali, and basic knowledge of French.

NURUL SIDDIQUEE | Technical Advisor – Sustainable Agriculture | CARE USA

Siddiquee has been engaged with the Krishi Utsho initiative from the very beginning and contributed to the thought process of the evolution of the model over time.  He brings core agriculture and agro ecology expertise to the team and helps connect the idea between sustainable pro poor agro economic transformation and supply of quality agro inputs through standardized franchise business. In his role as Technical Advisor he primarily supports CARE’s women-focused agriculture program, Pathways, which is located in six countries located in South East Asia and Africa.

 

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