SEE Change for Women

The GCNF program Status and Economic Enhancement Change for Women (SEE Change) focuses on improving the lives of women in rural Africa who have little access to education, training, or paid employment.

GCNF seeks to draw upon its strong partnerships with both the private and public sectors and its deep experience with locally-sourced (“home-grown”) school meal programs (HGSF) to design and facilitate the creation of jobs, income, and other status-enhancing activities sustainably benefiting rural women in African countries.

These activities will link to a number of other organizations and programs, and will build evidence and models for successful women’s and status and economic enhancement at scale through smart interventions linked to child nutrition programs.

SEE Change Approach

The SEE Change approach is to find those opportunities within the school meal/child nutrition supply chains where durable jobs or other status enhancing activities can be set up for women. GCNF assesses these opportunities to ensure that they a) will benefit agriculture, nutrition, health, and/or education goals, b) have a high likelihood of being sustained, and c) will attract and benefit the SEE Change participants; design or adapt and implement the activities and tools necessary for females to aspire to and succeed in those jobs and activities; recruit and support women to participate and succeed; and equip and implement real-time communication with beneficiaries and partners, monitor progress, and manage interventions so as to build the trust, speed, and momentum needed for success and scale.

More specifically, GCNF’s approach to SEE Change is to:

• Capitalize on excellent relations with relevant officials in Africa and implementing partners to propose and negotiate country-specific strategies for project implementation.

• Employ practical tools, usable by rural females with limited education and resources, for technical and personal support.

• Establish and use trusted resource people, content, and delivery methods attuned to oral traditions, local dialects, and cultural beliefs.

• Support women on a personal level, using best practices developed and tested in the African context. The types of support include (but are not limited to): mentoring, safe transport, sanitation facilities and supplies, part-time or “women-friendly” work hours and working conditions, and child care.

• Increase the likelihood of sustainability of the jobs and other SEE changes, by ascertaining and investing in those interventions which have the strongest local understanding and support, meet felt needs, and are attached to in-country activities and priorities.

For further information about SEE Change, please contact Arlene Mitchell, arlene (at) GCNF (dot) org.