In 2016, RCP implemented a series of networking workshops for mostly women STEM entrepreneurs as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative. The GIST Women’s Village Workshops were held in Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Mozambique, and up to 25 participants attended each workshop. At the conclusion of each workshop, participants were challenged to apply their acquired skills to expanding each of their networks by 60 individuals within 6 months. RCP carried out a baseline survey during the workshop, as well as 1 month and 6 month post-workshop surveys to assess the impacts of the workshop and the networking progress of the participants. Our 6 month impact analysis shows that approximately 7,500, 6,200, and 5,400 individuals benefited from the workshops in Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Nigeria respectively. This was through both the participants’ network expansion as part of the challenge, as well as their sharing of knowledge and training of individuals using skills developed during the workshop over 6 months.
23 March 2017
Brandon van Hoff
Research Competitiveness Program