South Asia

Countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Bhutan, Pakistan

South Asia also has a significant overall gender gap: 33.9%. However, this region also achieved the most progress in 2020, especially regarding political empowerment (for example, Bangladesh is the only country in the world where women have had a longer tenure than men as head of the state over the past 50 years).


Experience of our team members

Our team members have relevant work experience in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


LMSINDO: Link and Match SMK in Indonesia, Strengthening Teacher Training in TVET Agriculture in Nusa Tenggara Timor (NTT)

Description: The project aims to strengthen SMK teacher training by enhancing the educational and organisational capacities of SV-IPB and SMKs and strengthening linkages (link and match) by establishing collaborative frameworks between education, government and private sector (triple helix) at a national and provincial level.

Client: Nuffic, Q-Point as a part of the MSM consortium (OKP-IND-10029).

Services rendered: Gender mainstreaming (procedures in place to ensure an environment which is gender sensitive), value addition, value chain management, linkage private sector.

Period: Oct 2019 - Dec 2021

Sector Assessment of Indonesian Shallot - The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Rural Economic Development (AIP Rural).

Description: The Government of Indonesia partners with the Government of Australia on an initiative to boost smallholder farmers’ incomes: The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Rural Economic Development (AIP-Rural).  PRISMA is an agricultural development program which follows a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach and contribute to a 30%, or more, increase in net incomes for 300,000 poor rural female and male farmers. Its objective is to increase competitiveness of poor female and male farmers. It works in a range of sub-sectors in collaboration with farmers, businesses, government and civil society partners to increased competitiveness of poor male and female farmers through (i) in-creased productivity; (ii) improved business performance; (iii) a growing share of an expanding market; and (iv) the continuous adoption of innovations that contribute to productivity, performance, and market growth.

Client: AusAid – Palladium Group

Services rendered: Prepare sector report related to shallot crops in Central Java, including the analysis of gender activities and issues related to production.

Period: 2018

Market assessment for agrifood of women farmers group in West Nusa Tenggara Building Resilience through the Integration of Gender and Empowerment / BRIGE

Description: BRIGE has facilitated the formation of 3 women’s groups in Bima and Dompu to empower vulnerable women, such as the heads of female headed households and widows, who were excluded from accessing formal business services to support their farming activities. The groups mostly consist of female farmer heads of household who have no access to financial and agriculture services. 56 women from three groups have established small group businesses selling snacks, honey and horse milk locally. However, the group is using casual marketing methods and only serving the immediate local market, having limited capacity to reach broader markets.

Client: USAid – Mercy Corps Indonesia

Services rendered: Formulate market assessment aims at identifying potential demand for the featured products – honey, horse milk and corn flour – and identifying strategic actors that can provide sustainable support for the women’s groups’ business endeavours in the future.

Period: 2018


Capacity building in sustainable and gender sensitive aquaculture with a focus on fish disease management for the fish production in Nepal.

Description: Capacity building in sustainable and gender sensitive aquaculture with a focus on fish disease management for the fish production in Nepal.

Client: Nuffic (via SAS Consortium) (OKP-TMT.18/00045).

Services rendered: Aquaculture value chain management, gender mainstreaming, women empowerment.

Period: May 2017 – May 2018

Sri Lanka    

Capacity building for improving market access for Sri Lankan fish and shellfish

Project description: Training in quality management and sustainability certification with the requesting organization Divron Bioventures (Pvt.) Ltd. Tackling social and environmental dimensions within the shellfish value chain.

Client: Nuffic (as a partner of SAS Consortium) (OKP-TMT.18/00047).

Services rendered: Social and environmental dimensions within the shellfish value chain, sustainability certification.

Period: Aug 2018 - May 2019

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