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Inclusive Plug powered by RECONOMY

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For each episode of the Inclusive Plug series, we aim to pick out the most disruptive ideas, interesting angles and trends related to a specific topic, with representatives of the private sector, stakeholders, actors in a system, donors and experts.
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Inclusive Plug Episode 15: Putting Adaptive Management in Practice in the Time of COVID-19
Fast learning and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances are critical to the market systems development approach.   Market systems consist of multiple actors with their own goals and points of view and the regional program, RECONOMY, including other projects that apply the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach implemented by Helvetas, operate in complex, dynamic and unpredictable situations, and especially now that we’re in the time of COVID-19.   For this episode, we have interviewed:   - Albina Berisha, who’s project manager of the Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) in Kosovo, a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).   - Jens Engeli, who leads the Eastern Europe unit at Helvetas, responsible for programs, projects, and mandates portfolio in Eastern Europe, focusing on local governance, decentralization, and local and regional development.   We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
21:23
May 31, 2021
Does the Market Systems Development Approach Work in Practice? (Part II)
Whether the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach works in practice is a hot topic in development. For this episode (Part II), we have interviewed: - Nabanita Sen Bekkers, who’s Results Measurement Specialist at the DCED (Donor Committee for Enterprise Development), where she leads the development of results measurement initiative including the development and dissemination of the DCED Standard for results measurement. Nabanita has 15 years of experience working in different aspects of private sector development, including implementation of projects, results measurement, communication and project development. - Mike Albu, who's a program director at BEAM Exchange, which is a specialist platform for knowledge exchange and learning about using market systems approaches to reduce poverty. Mike has over 25 years of experience working with international NGOs and programs using a market systems approach, across South Asia and East Africa. For this episode, we’ve asked people on LinkedIn to post their questions they’d like to ask our guests whether the MSD approach works in practice, and what it takes to shift to a systemic approach. Thank you to all of you who have sent their questions and for contributing to Inclusive Plug! Your participation helps keep the podcast alive!
28:10
May 7, 2021
Inclusive Plug powered by RECONOMY - Trailer
Inclusive Plug powered by RECONOMY is a video podcast that covers a range of topics, because the regional inclusive and green economic development program, RECONOMY, of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, works across different areas in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and the Western Balkans. We highlight and explain the biggest challenges facing the regional community as well as globally at this time of great change, and what solutions RECONOMY and others are coming up with to address them.
02:18
April 28, 2021
Does the Market Systems Development Approach Work in Practice? (Part I)
Whether the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach works in practice is a hot topic in development. For this episode, we have interviewed: - Maja Rüegg, who’s leading the working area Skills, Jobs and Income at Helvetas. She provides thematic support on market systems development for projects working on agricultural value chains and labour markets. Her advisory expertise also covers monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Previously, Maja worked in rural development projects in Tanzania and Madagascar. She has also done research in Kyrgyzstan and Bolivia on topics related to rural economy. She has worked in development cooperation since 2008. - Marcus Jenal, who’s a partner at the German consultancy Mesopartner, which is a knowledge firm that specializes in economic development, territorial development, competitiveness, and innovation. His work and interest are all about how systems work and how we can influence their evolution. His approach is to stimulate the co-creation of learning strategies and change activities. Previously, Marcus worked for different development organizations focusing on Southeast Asia and East Africa, including the Western Balkans. For this episode, we’ve asked people on LinkedIn to post their questions they’d like to ask our guests whether the MSD approach works in practice, and what it takes to shift to a systemic approach. Thank you to all of you who have sent their questions and for contributing to Inclusive Plug! Your participation helps keep the podcast alive!
37:55
April 28, 2021
Why and How Should Development Practitioners Blog About Their Work?
Development cooperation is being challenged. People question whether development works. There are people in the development community who have a rich experience that provides answers to the critical questions that society raises. But their knowledge is tacit. It is only available to themselves and perhaps a narrow circle of their colleagues. Knowledge must be accessible. It is our responsibility as development practitioners to tell the story of our work. For this episode, we have interviewed: - Duncan Green, who's senior strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, and Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics. He is author of ‘How Change Happens’ and ‘From Poverty to Power’. And most importantly, he is an avid blogger. - Zenebe Uraguchi, who’s Program Manager of RECONOMY and a practitioner of knowledge management, learning and communication. He’s a development economist, with multi-country experience in Asia, North America, Eastern Europe and Africa. He is the author of a blog on inclusive systems. - Masha Scholl, who’s responsible for global communications and regional communications in Eastern Europe at Helvetas. She has been working as a communication coordinator for environmental and development organizations since 2005. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
20:38
April 18, 2021
Does the Monitoring and Results Measurement System Serve Development Projects?
The monitoring and results measuring system is an integral part of any project, especially important for projects that use the market systems development approach, using adaptive, learning-by-doing approach to implementation. The system supports the project team during planning, designing, managing, reviewing and evaluation of project interventions in compliance with the market systems development approach and results measurement standards. For this episode, we have interviewed Monitoring & Results Measurement (MRM) specialists to find out whether the MRM system serves development projects. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
36:18
April 12, 2021
Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality for Everyone, Everywhere
'Leave No One Behind' is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Translating this bold global commitment into an action-oriented mindset and result is a tall order. Is it possible to achieve a better future for all? It’s hard to deliver this in practice, but it’s also easy to be sceptical about inclusive development. For this episode, we have interviewed Elina Scheja, Lead Economist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; Jane Carter, Senior Adviser on Natural Resource Governance at Helvetas; and Holly Krueger, Managing Partner at The Canopy Lab. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
28:22
March 24, 2021
Why You Need to Become a Brand Ambassador for the Organization You Work For?
Did you know that most people don’t see NGOs as credible sources of information? Organizations and academic experts, peers like yourself and even regular employees are all more credible than the organization itself. If you wonder where they built this trust, our bet is on social media. Digitalization has led to the decentralization of communications. Access to powerful channels is no longer limited to public relations departments and traditional media. For this episode, we have interviewed Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; Stefan Stolle, a Director of Marketing and Communications at Helvetas; and Zenebe Uraguchi, a Program Manager of RECONOMY and a practitioner of knowledge management, learning and communications. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
25:33
March 15, 2021
How Can Outsourcing Drive Inclusive Economic Development?
Simply put, outsourcing is hiring someone else to do the work or help you with part of a client assignment, instead of doing all of it yourself. Outsourcing has become one of the main drivers of economic development. Countries like India and the Philippines have benefited from outsourcing. But can other countries in the Western Balkans do better to drive a more inclusive economic development? So, in this episode, we have interviewed Timo Stegelmann, Deputy Managing Director at Help—Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, our partner at RECONOMY; Timothy Sparkman, Managing Partner at The Canopy Lab; Vesna Purić, who’s COO at CORTEX - ICT Cluster for Innovations, Education and Technology Development in Montenegro; and Lea Shllaku, our Regional Manager for the Western Balkans at RECONOMY. For the episode's intermission, we have invited a special guest from the RisiAlbania Project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Component Lead in Private Sector Development, Clara Garcia Parra. Please send us your feedback about the episode in the comment section. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
33:55
February 28, 2021
Does Inclusive Public-Private Dialogue Work?
Despite their positive roles in inclusive economic development, business associations in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus have a limited capacity to advance economic systems that serve all citizens, including vulnerable groups such as women and young people with limited participation in the economy. The common challenge includes large, well-connected firms that have been able to establish themselves and communicate their interests to local governments through nurtured channels and ties. Besides, the small and medium enterprises are still underrepresented in policy dialogue and unable to advocate for their priorities and rights before the government. This is also worsened by the lack of constructive engagement between the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local governments on their needs. So, in this episode, we have interviewed Aleksandr Chumak, President of the Association of Private Employers in Ukraine; Eric Hontz, Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise, our partner at RECONOMY; Veronica Cazacu, our Regional Manager for the region of Eastern Europe at RECONOMY; and Bernd Steimann, Development Policy Coordinator at Helvetas, where he supports and advises various projects and local partner organisations around the world, including Eastern Europe, in advocacy and policy dialogue with decision-makers in politics, business and civil society. For the episode's intermission, we have invited a special guest from the RisiAlbania Project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, project manager Edlira Muedini, to speak about what they do in advocacy. Please send us your feedback about the episode in the comment section below. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
33:07
February 15, 2021
Enhancing Economic Opportunities Through Non-Formal Skills Development
Skills development determines success in the labor market. It’s a strong predictor of stable and quality jobs among young people, women and other vulnerable and marginalized groups. Skills development goes beyond formal vocational education and training. A lot has been done in the formal education system of Armenia. Despite a steady supply of an educated workforce, employers complain that they can’t find people with the right skills. Hence the vacant positions remain open or filled with unqualified staff. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the main employers in Armenia. They constitute 98% of all registered and functioning legal entities. They still need to enhance their own capacities to absorb new entrants to labor market. Conversely, not much attention has been given in the country to non-formal skills development. In this episode, we talk to the Chairman of the Strategic Development Agency, Mkrtich Ayvazyan, who’s REOCNOMY's partner in Armenia; Alexander Gogoberidze, Regional Manager for the region of South Caucasus at RECONOMY; Katharina Walker, Advisor for vocational skills development at Helvetas; and Hovsep Patvakanyan, an Economist-Consultant of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Founder and CEO of the platform Invest in Armenia. For the episode's intermission, we have invited a special guest from the Education for Employment project in North Macedonia (E4E@mk) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, project manager Kurt Wüthrich, to speak about what they do in non-formal skills development. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
35:55
February 9, 2021
Is Post-COVID-19 Green and Sustainable Future Possible?
How can we move from a negative COVID-19 disruption to a positive cleantech disruption? How do we guarantee the recovery packages are green and sustainable? Here is the fifth episode of the Inclusive Plug series. We have interviewed: Santiago Lorenzo, an ecological economist specialized in finance. Santiago is Head of Sustainable Finance part of the senior management team of the Climate Action Network International Secretariat. Anastasia Bekish, an Environment and Climate Change Manager at RECONOMY. She is a professional in the field of climate policy and civil society development from Belarus. Roman Zinchenko, a green economy advocate and a co-founder of Greencubator, which is a Ukrainian energy innovations network. He develops ecosystem for green startups, social entrepreneurship and sustainable innovations. Henrik Hallgren, a Director of Operations at the International Council of Swedish Industry and Chairman of the think tank Eurasia Forum in Stockholm and Berlin, where he works as an analyst and adviser on East European and Central Asian politics and economic affairs. Please let us know whether you agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by our guests and send us your feedback or comments. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
28:45
February 2, 2021
Making Sense of the Market Systems Analysis for RECONOMY
The regional programme RECONOMY seeks to contribute to inclusive economic development to women and youth, including other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, in 12 countries in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and the Western Balkans. To achieve this objective, the design and management of the programme needs to be flexible and adaptable and be able to continuously learn from and react to the ever-changing and evolving nature of the problems which the programme addresses—in skills development, financial and business services, and advocacy systems. So, in this episode, we talk to inclusive economic development experts at Agora Global about what RECONOMY is trying to do and how it will work: Ben Taylor, Niall Condon, James Lloyd and Justin van Rhyn. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
29:42
January 28, 2021
Is inclusive digitalization possible in the post-COVID-19 age?
Here is the fourth episode of the Inclusive Plug series. We have interviewed: Ivana Georgievska is the Vocational Education and Training Expert at the Education for Employment project in North Macedonia. She has more than 10 years of experience working on the Vocational Education and Training system. Triin Laasi is the Director of Tallinn School of Economics, one of the oldest vocational schools in Estonia. Previously, she has worked in the field of education, leading various education institutions. Agnieszka Kroskowska is the Gender and Social Equity Coordinator at Helvetas, supporting the organization to walk the talk at institutional and country program levels. Also, please let us know whether you agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by our guests and send us your feedback or comments.  We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
35:01
January 14, 2021
Carbon-neutral Balkans—Cold Hell?
Here is the third episode of the Inclusive Plug series. We asked 4 experts from the region on whether the Western Balkans can become carbon neutral by 2050. Azra Tanovic is a multi-disciplinary sustainability professional with a background in environmental and water resources engineering. Denis Zhishko is Energy and Climate Change Coordinator at Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Centre of Ecology and Energy. Ana Colovic Lesoska is a Macedonian environmentalist. In recognition of her efforts and activism, last year she was one of six environmentalists to be awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. Zvezdan Kalmar, an expert on energy, transport and climate change, who’s also part of a major coalition of NGOs advocating for green transition of the Serbian society. Also, please let us know whether you agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by our guests and send us your feedback or comments here. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
25:14
January 11, 2021
Unpacking Migration and Development in 30 Minutes
The human desire to seek decent employment and livelihoods is at the core of the nexus between migration and development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, provides for a strong link between decent work and migration in Sustainable Development Goals on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic development. Recognition of human mobility is a key factor for sustainable development. Here is the second episode of the Inclusive Plug series. We have interviewed: Kristijan Fidanovski is a Barnett Scholar at the University of Oxford. For his research, Kristijan is exploring the relationship between ideology and fertility in Eastern Europe, where low birth rates, often coupled with high brain drain, are leading to an unsustainably small relative workforce size. Zenebe Uraguchi is a development economist with multi-country experience in Asia, North America, Eastern Europe and Africa. His professional background started working with a multinational private company, Toyota, as international trade manager, and with a development research institute before moving to international development with Helvetas. Elene Tkhlashidze is an economic development practitioner, currently leading the programmatic areas at the OPTIM project in Moldova. Also, please let us know whether you agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by our guests and send us your feedback or comments here. We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
36:56
January 11, 2021
Businesses and Development Organizations—Sparring Partners?
Here is the first episode of the Inclusive Plug series. We have interviewed Visar Ramajli, a Kosovo entrepreneur and manufacturer, and Matthias Herr, the Regional Director for East and Southeast Europe at Helvetas. This episode is about the role of the private sector in development and the importance of partnerships between development organizations and system actors.  Also, please let us know whether you agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by our two guests and send us your feedback or comments here.  We have interesting topics coming up, so stay tuned!
31:39
January 11, 2021