Women-Inclusive Return on Investment (WI-ROI) Framework

  • Date Posted: November 14, 2022
  • Authors: Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships
  • Organizations: Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships, MarketShare Associates
  • Document Types: Guidance
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development

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WI-ROI Framework image highlighting four Four business strategies built on current evidence in low- and middle-income countries: Talent and Leadership, Workplace Culture, Supply Chains and Consumers.

Including and empowering women in the workforce is not just good for society, it’s good for business. Are you an advocate for women’s empowerment in SMEs and are looking for tools to encourage them to invest in inclusion for a tangible financial return? Be sure to check out Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP)’s new, Women-Inclusive Return on Investment (WI-ROI) Framework, which builds on an existing body of evidence and research around the business case for investing in women’s inclusion. It also reflects the industry outlook on women’s inclusion at the firm level and highlights successful business strategies to achieve financial impact from investment in women’s inclusion. Inside you'll find: 
 

  • Four business strategies (and specific practices) built on current evidence in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs): Talent and Leadership, Workplace Culture, Supply Chains and Consumers.
  • Firm-level financial benefits of women’s inclusion and empowerment for privately owned firms in LMICs.
  • Key building blocks for generating a potential WI-ROI, including specific metrics/KPIs.
  •  Examples of good practices from SMEs in LMICs.

Interested in a quick snapshot? The linked Executive Summary provides a high-level overview of the key points from the full Framework.

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