The Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YWSEDP) was developed by British Council and Diageo-USL with the objective of disseminating social enterprise expertise to women communities across India. The programme identified and selected organisations that work with women and support the cause of women empowerment. These partner organisations nominated their women employees for becoming 'Master Trainers' in the area of social entrepreneurship through a trainings organised at IIM Kozhikode, thus acquiring necessary tools, methodologies and enhanced awareness of the subject. These Master Trainers in turn organised ‘Cascading Workshops’ and provided social enterprise trainings to women communities they work with. This programme has been implemented in two phases:
- Phase I of the Programme was implemented during 2013-2014 and trained 24 Master Trainers from 14 partner organisations. They, in turn, cascaded the trainings to 1250 women through 48 workshops.
- Phase II was implemented during 2015 and expanded the programme by training 59 Master Trainers from 29 partner organisations and reached out to 3100 beneficiaries through 120 cascading training workshops.
To celebrate the legacy of Phase I and Phase II of YWSEDP, we are showcasing the overall work and impact stories, while recognizing the implementation of the projects by all the partners, their master trainers and learnings of women communities empowered through the initiative at a series of events in 2017. The proceedings of the events will be fed back into the Phase III design process and contacts made with the event participants will be leveraged for strengthening programme implementation.