Results from our work

We Effect work together with 160 partner organisations around the world. We continuously evaluate our projects. Below you can see some of the key results from 2016.

Southern Africa

30,020 cotton farmers in Zambia were able to almost double their income from the harvest on average, from around SEK 870 to SEK 1,685, through We Effect’s partner organisation CAZ’s work to break the farmers’ dependence on the large corporations.

Small-scale honey producers in Zambia increased their production by 58% thanks to Zambia Honey Council’s work with support from We Effect.

24 contracts that offered better pay, lower costs and better access to markets for the members were negotiated with private actors by We Effect’s partner organisations in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

73 groups for men who want to work for gender equality were established in 2016 by We Effect’s partner organisations in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eastern Africa

Thanks to We Effect’s work, 2 million people in Eastern Africa, half of whom are women, have gained access to financial services. 6,629 savings and loan groups have been established.

The work for greater equality in a dairy cooperative in Kenya has led to one out of three representatives and one out of three board members in the cooperative being women who actively participate in the decision-making processes.

Latin America

In Honduras and Paraguay, the influence from our partner organisations has led to the government taking responsibility for the financing of housing projects.

The cooperation with Sida in Guatemala resulted in a new project with 10 partner organisations where women’s economic independence is in focus.

76% of all of our partner organisations (in Latin America) now have a functioning gender equality policy. In the rural development programme, this figure is as high as 95%.

In 2016, the Bolivian government agreed to a higher minimum wage for the (female) employees in our partner organisation PLANE. PLANE employs more than 140,000 women who moved to urban areas from rural areas and negotiates assignments from the local authorities and the government. We Effect supports PLANE in its negotiation capacity.

We Effect’s school for advocacy work in Latin America contributed to monitoring the application of new legislation against discrimination of indigenous and farming women in El Salvador, and the fund for land purchases in Nicaragua.

Between 2014 and 2016, our partner organisations’ land use for food production increased by 100% – from 10,000 hectares to 20,000 hectares in 2016.

Asia

The average income nearly doubled from 2013 to 2016 for the farmers in the Philippines who participated in We Effect’s training programmes where they learned to diversify their crops, among other things.

We Effect’s partner organisations in Palestine conducted active lobby and advocacy work during the year. Among other things, a new model for acceptable housing in marginalised areas was presented to both national and international actors.

14,652 people, including 9,524 women, in Sri Lanka increased their income from 1.5 rupees to 4.2 rupees a day through greater knowledge and access to financial services.

In the South-East Asia Programme (Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar), the introduction of new technology has helped the farming cooperatives to reduce production costs and increase quality, which means that the farmers are paid more for their products.

In Myanmar, We Effect trained 97 people in environmentally friendly techniques for farming and animal husbandry in 2014-2016. They have in turn spread this knowledge on. 478 members improved their techniques and were able to begin cultivating nutritious mushrooms and adapt their farming methods to the climate.

Europe

In Kosovo, 2,825 women participated in training programmes, study circles and conferences. The participating women’s business incomes increased by an average of 12%.

Vocational training for Roma youths is showing good results in Albania. 75% of the 65 young people who have undergone vocational training have found employment.

In Moldavia, 560 farmers were trained in EU standards in agriculture. 173 of them have already begun applying EU standards in their work.

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