GSEF: « Coaching On The Transition From Informal To Formal And Inclusive Economy With The Commitment Of All Stakeholders Of The Territory : The Way Forward ? “

On May 05, 2023, at the UCLG Africa stand at the GSEF, the Coaching workshop on the transition from the informal to the formal and inclusive economy was held with the commitment of all the actors in the territory.  The session was chaired by Mrs. Lucille OBA SAUTHAT,  Special Councillor, Political Affairs and Relations with Parliament, Councilor of the Department of Kouilou, Focal Point of REFELA-Congo-Brazzaville, and modered byMr.  Mamouth DIOP, Director of Territorial Coaching Center, Senegal. The panel was composed of : Mrs.  Monique AYI épse NKAMGNA, National President of Social and Solidarity Economy, Mayor of Dzeng, Cameroon, Mrs. Rasamata COMPAORE NADEMBEGA , Former President of REFELA-Burkina Faso, Mrs. Khadija DOUYARI, Local Elected, President of the Development, Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Commission, Council of the Orient Region, Morocco.

The worksop was the platform offered for discussions and meetings between women entrepreneurs and local elected women, where they could exchange  on the economic integration of women and the importance of formalising their commercial  activities in order to benefit from the legal and institutional framework that can protect their rights and provide them with opportunities for development and stability in the competitive world of business.

The objective of the workshop was also to promote the Territorial Coaching program of UCLG Africa as a support tool for women entrepreneurs and local elected women to support the economic empowerment of women and girls, it also aimed to anchor participatory and inclusive local governance, with the ideology of leaving no one behind.

Principal questions raised :

What are the obstacles facing female entrepreneurs and what is the benefit of shifting from the informal  to the formal economic sector?

How can communities support women in their process of transition from informal to formal economic activities?

What mechanisms does the city have to facilitate the economic integration of women?

What are the administrative facilities put in place by the Oriental Council to facilitate female entrepreneurship?

How can Territorial Coaching and Capacity Building benefit elected officials and women entrepreneurs in the economic development process locally?

Interventions and exchanges :

Mr.  Ndiaye, Ambassador of Territorial Coaching for Africa, underlined the impact that the experimentation of Territorial Coaching had on the economic sector of salt in the Kaolack region. Territorial Coaching has enabled the institutionalisation of certain sectors, the creation of secure jobs, the strengthening of dialogue between the various local actors and has enabled better visibility and new partnership opportunities.

Mrs. Compaoré, Former President of REFELA,  Burkina Faso and Mayor of the 12th arrondissement of the capital, Ouagadougou, raised the issue of the economic integration of women. In Burkina Faso, 70% of women work in the informal economy. To remedy this, the State of Burkinabé carried out the High Intensity Labor (HIMO) infrastructure project. This project represents a privileged instrument for job creation and has enabled more than 10,000 women to have a more decent life. She also mentioned the role of REFELA in setting up support and training actions for women in vulnerable situations in all regions of Burkina Faso.

Mrs. Douayri, elected to the Council of the Oriental Region, talked mechanisms put in place to create an environment conducive to the economic empowerment of women, and gave the example of specific support and funding of programs depending on the types of structures. These programs aim to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and cooperatives, especially during the health crisis and following the closure of borders.

Conclusion and Recommendations

The exchanges with the audience following the respective presentations of the panelists called upon:

  • Invest in workshops and coaching sessions for the training of women by Coaching Territorial in capacity building, this is necessary to guarantee them a decent, stable and secure job
  • Adopt and encourage the social and solidarity economy to enable the move from the informal and traditional economy to the formal and sustainable economy.