By offering this training program to a selected international group of senior management representatives, Hand in Hand International is seeking to achieve an rapid international dissemination of proven model for job and asset creation among marginalized populations.
The learning approach is broad-based--including case studies, presentations, group exercises, and field visits--all aimed at exploring key issues facing international senior NGO/MFI executives. Peer consultations will also enable participants to apply the learning to specific issues involving cases, field visits, and their own organizational challenges.
The first set of training will run in February 2011, with a second training in September 2011. The long-term objective is to deliver developed course curriculum at least bi-annually and eventually up to quarterly. Forty to fifty participants will be trained in the Hand in Hand model from a wider perspective of poverty alleviation through job creation per batch.
In this project Hand in Hand International has joined forces with its partner organization Hand in Hand Tamil Nadu as well as Socient Associates. Socient Associates, a social enterprise consultancy firm founded by Harvard Business School Professor Kashturi Rangan and his partner Sohel Karim, will develop and deliver the course curriculum based on the Hand in Hand model in a poverty alleviation context. Hand in Hand Tamil Nadu is an implementing NGO active in southeast India, originally having developed the job creation scheme together with Mr. Percy Barnevik, previously chairman of ABB, Astra Zeneca, Skanska, Sandvik, and on the boards of Du Pont and General Motors. Additionally one local Indian academic institution will be engaged, acting co-faculty members and physically hosting the course.
Hand in Hand makes the estimate that to support the one billion people who live in poverty, 250 million new, or improved, jobs are needed. That assumes four dependents per new additional or higher income. So where will these 250 million new jobs come from? Hand in Hand knows that the public sector is already weak in developing countries and will not have the capacity to employ or generate this volume of employment opportunities. They also assume that large international companies will continue to expand and employ in developing markets, but they will not employ at the scale needed.
The Hand in Hand Group's job creation program offers a cost-effective and sustainable solution to the lack of employment opportunities and stable incomes, and is experiencing an increasing demand to learn from developed methodology and achieved results. Today, several organizations and institutes offer in-classroom training in microfinance, community development, and gender. Hand in Hand would add to the field of training by offering a combination of these subjects and blend in-classroom exercises with field exposure. Other organizations and institutes that offer programs in social entrepreneurship are underrepresented in South Asia and there is a very high demand for programs to be implemented throughout Europe and the United States, with an average wait time of one year. Additionally, Hand in Hand has gained a real understanding of relevant challenges after completing the transition from solely being an NGO to operating in conjunction with a microfinance institution. Today, the two organizations create synergies, which ultimately benefit the poor by building increased financial inclusion, improving financial literacy, and strengthening production and market skills.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information
To facilitate this initiative, Hand in Hand International is looking for partners who could provide additional support within one or several of the following areas:
- Support for promoting job creation in achieving poverty alleviation
- Strategic guidance
- Knowledge sharing from lessons learnt in similar training initiatives
- Funding and stakeholder engagement
- Partners with previous experience in the development and implementation of similar training programs.
Hand in Hand International welcomes strategic partners representing the microfinance sector, the international business community, expertise in women's empowerment issues, and globally engaged philanthropists.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
To its partners, Hand in Hand will offer access to a world-class training institute focusing on poverty alleviation through a sustainable and holistic job creation scheme. Hand in Hand's partners will be able to follow the process of establishing the training program from the very initial steps of designing the curriculum to reaching out to a target audience and later executing the training. After completing the training, Hand in Hand's partners will be able to provide guidance to companies, NGOs, MFIs and other organizations interested in the developing world and job creation among the base-of-the-pyramid.