In South America, we increased our efforts and investments in local capacity-building through activities including specific training for current and upcoming local leaders.
We also have advanced our investments in women’s economic empowerment programs, including “DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator,” an online entrepreneurship skills training program that has now reached just over 17,000 women in Chile, Peru and the U.S. In 2017, via our partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management and a network of 82 dedicated partners, we were able to achieve a graduation rate of 11 percent, outpacing the online learning industry average of 4 percent for open for open enrollment courses. Evaluation of graduates a year or more after program completion indicated that 93 percent increased business sales and 46 percent hired additional employees. We have engaged with Arizona State University’s Seidman Institute to conduct evaluation and a three-year longitudinal study to determine the program’s impact on women, their families and the new revenue generated for community-level development. This program is another example of how we are collaborating to advance the SDGs, particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).
Evaluation of graduates a year or more after program completion indicated that 93 percent increased business sales and 46 percent hired additional employees. This program is another example of how we are collaborating to advance the SDGs, particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).
As part of a “Girls, Women & the Global Goals” coalition of multi-sectoral partners convened by the NGOs No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, we committed to invest $5 million to promote women’s economic empowerment and address violence against women in Chile, Peru and Indonesia by 2021. The coalition is working collectively to advance SDG 5, particularly focused on promoting women’s economic participation, addressing violence against girls and women, and advancing women’s leadership in the private and public sectors. As part of this coalition, in 2017, we embarked upon a new partnership with Vital Voices to understand what women leaders need in order to develop both their leadership and technical capacity. Based on research and findings, we aim to support the implementation of a year-long women’s leadership fellowship program in 2018 to develop the capacity of women leaders through a multi-disciplinary approach. Participants will receive personal leadership development tools as well as online and in-person training to develop and enhance their knowledge.
For information on other community investment programs in South America, please visit Economic Impacts and Indigenous Peoples.
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: (top) DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator generates new opportunities for enterprising and visionary women of all education levels. (bottom) Graduate Elizabeth Mamani León from Peru owns a souvenir business where she teaches other women to make handicrafts, cushions, and stuffed animals to sell.