USAID Women's Economic Empowerment Community of Practice Resources

  • Date Posted: March 15, 2022
  • Authors: USAID Women's Economic Empowerment Community of Practice
  • Organizations: Banyan Global
  • Document Types: Primer or Brief, Assessment
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development

The USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice (USAID WEE CoP) was established under the Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) II task order. The goal of the Community of Practice is to a) gather and generate evidence and address data gaps in line with five learning questions identified as part of its Learning Agenda and b) encourage peer learning among its members and sharing of evidence through a variety of online engagement opportunities. Working with the USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub, the WEE CoP supports USAID contracting/agreement officers, program managers, gender advisors, and technical staff; implementing partners; private sector partners; existing networks and associations; and others from the wider donor and development community to accelerate women’s economic empowerment and gender equality. 

The USAID WEE CoP currently has more than 600 members and continues to grow. USAID WEE CoP members are implementing more than 100 activities in more than 60 countries. These activities focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in the workplace; entrepreneurship and access to finance, markets, and networks; and reducing discriminatory laws, employer practices, social norms, and gender-based violence including sexual harassment. Through the USAID WEE CoP, members share knowledge to better understand what works and what doesn’t, build mutually beneficial relationships, learn from the approaches, successes, and challenges of the activities; and discuss the WEE evidence-base.

The first USAID WEE CoP (formerly the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Fund) event was organized by USAID in February 2020 and hosted in Washington, D.C. In Fall 2020, the USAID WEE CoP was formally launched and has since hosted virtual learning events, compiled a robust resource index; published learning products such as a survey infographic and a technical knowledge brief; organized member-led coffee chats, published monthly newsletters, developed a private USAID WEE CoP LinkedIn group, implemented member feedback surveys, convened a working group to refine a learning question, and started four landscaping studies to gather evidence for two of the five illustrative learning questions.