Lissy van Noort via web
Exactly 10 days ago, the UN Women Pacific's Markets for Change team started with their first Akvo Flow training day. Over the course of 4 days, we introduced the Akvo Flow concept and system, including a hands-on field practice.
The Markets for Change (M4C) project is a key component of the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme at UN Women in the Pacific. The project’s goal is to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas in Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
To collect data on actual improvements on the marketplaces, UN Women introduced Akvo Flow as their mobile data collection system. The first two days of the Flow training were mainly focused on the use of the Akvo Flow dashboard, where surveys are created and devices and data can be managed. This session was attended by the core team of the M4C Fiji team, as well as one M4C team member of Solomon Islands.
Towards the end of the training, UN Women invited 7 enumerators who are going to collect the data for M4C using Akvo Flow. Fortunately, almost all these enumerators used Flow before, which helped us in covering different aspects of Flow in a short timeframe. On the last day, we visited the Nausori Market in Fiji where the enumerators interviewed 14 market vendors as a trial for the actual data collection exercise that will start later this month.
It was great to work with the M4C team, who were eager to learn about Flow and are looking forward to start working with it in their Markets for Change program in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
A photo impression of the training can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/78271202@N02/albums/72157671943341404
More information about the M4C program is available here: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/countries/fiji/womens-economic-empowerment