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June 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am


• Is skills development or capacity building an important component of your projects?
• Do you need guidelines for the design, delivery, and evaluation of learning in emerging markets?
• Are you trying to increase women’s participation in skills development programs?
• Do you face challenges operating in regions affected by fragility, conflict, and violence?

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About the Event
In emerging economies, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) provide the majority of jobs and income, while during conflict and natural disasters, they are often the last businesses standing, providing essential goods and services to vulnerable populations. Investing in training and continuous learning is key for MSME survival and success.

Skills development and MSME capacity building are more critical now than ever – the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has significantly affected MSMEs and is expected to exacerbate pre-existing gender gaps for women-owned and led businesses.

Join this webinar to hear from the Executive Director of Aspen’s Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and IFC partners about…

– Improving quality and reach by implementing the Principles for Learning and the Guide to Training
– Promoting women’s participation through gender-inclusive programs
– Supporting the growth of businesses in fragile and conflict-affected situations


Paulo De Bolle, Global Senior Director, Financial Institutions Group, IFC -Opening Remarks

Graeme Harris, Senior Operations Officer, Financial Institutions Group Advisory, IFC– Overview of the Principles and Guide


Margaret Jackson, Managing Partner at Rainbow Consult, Ghana
Margaret is a human resources and adult learning consultant with over 25 years of experience. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon. She has led many SME capacity building programs, conducting overall program design, instructional design, training needs assessment and training of trainers. She has worked in Nigeria, South Sudan, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Ghana. Under her leadership, Rainbow Consult won a 2017 award from the Ghana Supply Chain Development Program for the Most Supportive Business Service Provider.

Randall Kempner, Executive Director of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
As executive director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program, research and advocacy agenda, including its eight international chapters and multiple grant and challenge competitions that support the entrepreneurship sector. Randall has more than twenty years of experience in the field of international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and prior to that was a founder of OTF Group. Randall graduated from the University of Texas with master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Affairs.

Adnan Mohammed Al-Sada, CEO of Capital Management & Consulting (CMC), Yemen
Adnan is the CEO of Capital Management & Consulting (CMC), a Yemen-based company offering management consultancy and training services in the field of human resources and quality management. Previously a director of Training and Continuing Professional Education at the Gulf Cooperation Council, and a general manager of Petroleum and Minerals Training Center at the Ministry of Oil and Minerals in Yemen, Adnan holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, a master’s degree in International Business, and has authored over 22 books and publications on management and training, including the “Start and Manage Your Business” series for small and medium enterprises.

Moderated by
Heather Kipnis, Senior Operations Officer, Gender Business Group, IFC

Closing Remarks
Martin Holtmann, Manager, Financial Institutions Group, IFC

The Principles for Learning represent the foundational qualities that make capacity building projects effective and impactful, while the Guide to Training puts the principles into action by providing detailed steps and advice for each phase of a training project for classroom-based, digital, or blended

Additional guides on Gender and FCS focus on practices that promote equal access to skill-building programs and reduce barriers to participation, and on how to conduct effective programs that improve MSME performance in areas plagued by fragility, conflict, and violence.