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Call for Case Studies: The SEEP Network and Arab Women's Enterprise Fund (AWEF)

The purpose of the Arab Women's Enterprise Fund (AWEF) Practitioner Learning Brief and Women in Market Systems Symposium is to bring together promising practice and learning emerging from AWEF as well as the wider market system development (MSD) and women's economic empowerment (WEE) practitioner community and promote constructive dialogue on topics of relevance to the community of practice. The focus of the 2018/2019 AWEF Learning Agenda is how to effectively work with market actors to build the business case around women's access and agency. The SEEP Network and AWEF are looking for practitioners from organizations and programs that work to empower women through a market systems approach to submit case studies on this topic. 

Call for Case Studies

We are looking for practitioners from organizations and programs that work to empower women through a market systems approach to submit case studies on this topic.

Selected practitioners will:

  • Benefit from the visibility of having their case study shared through SEEP’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice and AWEF Practitioner Learning Brief
  • The top five case studies will be presented as part of AWEF’s “Women in Market Systems Symposium,” to be held in Autumn 2019 in the Middle East. Partial funding will be made available to subsidize travel and subsistence costs.
  • Benefit from other dissemination opportunities such as webinars, events, and workshops
  • Build professional connections in the field
  • Exchange experiences and learn from peers working in the MSD and WEE community


All submissions will be assessed by an evaluation committee focused on the following criteria:

  • Take an MSD approach with elements of the program/approach focused on empowering women from low-income/disadvantaged communities
  • Be highly practical and capture key lessons learned
  • Operate in low and middle-income countries
  • Work with the private sector to address issues of women’s access and/or agency in the market and workplace
  • Provide initial evidence of impact of the intervention on women and private sector actors targeted through interventions
  • Address at least one of the following research questions:
    • What are the costs and benefits to businesses of enhancing women’s access and agency within the market and/or workplace?
    • What is the value of enhancing women’s access and agency as either employees or producers/suppliers – how do we quantify and translate the benefits into business language?
    • How can we effectively make the private sector more aware of the potential value of enhancing women’s access and agency?
    • What is the impact of increased access and agency within the market and/or workplace on women? What are the benefits that extend to women’s roles within the home and community?
  • We will favor submissions that demonstrate innovative ways of measuring and tracking access/agency benefits for women/businesses emerging from market systems interventions.

Time Commitment

  • Willingness to provide more details about your program to complement your initial application
  • If selected, participate in a one-on-one call in preparation of the Practitioner Learning Brief
  • Participate in one conference call with the other selected practitioners
  • Available to attend AWEF’s “Women in Market Systems Symposium,” to be held in Autumn 2019 in the Middle East
  • Willingness to participate in dissemination events such as webinars and workshops


Interested practitioners are invited to submit their case studies by September 14, 2018, through this online form. Authors of accepted submissions will be contacted by October 1, 2018, at which time they will be requested to provide additional information to supplement their original submission. We expect to finalize and publish the final practitioner brief by January 2019.

Learn more here!