Women’s economic empowerment exists when women can equitably participate in, contribute to, and benefit from economic opportunities as workers, consumers, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Women’s Economic Empowerment
Nov 25, 2019
This brief identifies and analyzes different techniques practitioners use to measure agency in programs that promote WEE. It is practitioner-led, with a focus on finding practical frameworks, tools, and good practices in measuring agency.
Nov 19, 2019
This post summarizes key themes and takeaways from the 2019 Cracking the Nut conference held in Dakar, Senegal from October 14-15.
Nov 09, 2019
Drawing on a new ILO database, this report provides an up-to-date and realistic assessment of the global contribution of self-employment and micro- and small enterprises to employment – both in the formal and the informal economy.
Nov 06, 2019
This report introduces INVEST, a mechanism that uses USAID funding to mobilize private capital for development and overcomes barriers to private sector engagement. INVEST works to build the capability of new and underutilized firms (new partners) by awarding and managing subcontracts.
Nov 05, 2019
This post points to a resource from the USAID ASPIRES project: Daily Reminders for Strong and Self-Reliant Savings Groups.
Nov 04, 2019
The ILO Toolkit is a practical resource for organisations and projects to support small and medium enterprises (SME) decide what aspects of SME performance (productivity, working conditions, etc.) to measure, as well as how to measure them.
A partnership with USAID, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, and the Visa Foundation aims to address barriers that women entrepreneurs face by building supportive entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets.
This post explores how USAID is mobilizing institutional investors to develop Africa's infrastructure through an initiative called MiDA, which connects American investors to the local partners.
Oct 18, 2019
This post introduces a paper from the International Labour Organization highligthing a framework for assessing the efficacy of business models. The paper extracts five key lessons for implementers to improve the way they engage with the private sector in building win-win models.
Oct 16, 2019
This paper evaluates the impact of a policy intervention aiming to empower adolescent women in Uganda. The findings are significant for designing future programs for female youth and women's economic empowerment.
Oct 15, 2019
An intervention including business training and health education was implemented in Mozambique, where girls are at elevated risk for acquiring HIV. As part of a mixed-methods evaluation, we describe perceived effects of the intervention on girls’ sexual behavior and school attendance.
Oct 08, 2019
This post introduces a case study, Confronting Organisational Challenges to Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development Programs: Lessons from AIP-Rural, authored by Holly Lard Krueger, Giulia Salmaso, and Dhita Larasati. This work was supported by a DFAT funded MSD...
Oct 03, 2019
This report details findings from a qualitative assessment of the Siyakha Girls pilot conducted by ASPIRES in August 2019.
Oct 03, 2019
This post presents a Final Report: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Social and Economic Empowerment Intervention to Reduce Adolescent Girls' Vulnerability to HIV in Zambézia Province, Mozambique.
Sep 23, 2019
These papers examine the pathways between Savings Groups and women's empowerment, the evidence with respect to various outcome areas, and how women's empowerment outcomes can be enhanced and better sustained through Savings Groups.
Sep 20, 2019
In this paper, we explore emic definitions of respect and girls’ good behaviour and perceptions of how the intervention caused improvements in behaviour from the perspective of intervention participants, their heads of household, influential men in their lives, and community members.
Sep 19, 2019
This post highlights the USAID-funded Cooperative Development Program, which promotes measurable impacts on women’s earning potential and leadership in cooperative organizations in Rwanda.
Aug 29, 2019
This is the first in a two-part blog series. It draws on ongoing research in South Sudan funded by USAID/OFDA and implemented by Mercy Corps and the Feinstein International Centre at Tufts University. This post presents research findings on the importance of social connections for coping and recovery.
Aug 23, 2019
The ASPIRES Zimbabwe DREAMS Job Demand Market Analysis lays out a strategy to support youth employment and microenterprise development programs that place adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in jobs or self-employment, building on a comprehensive job demand market analysis tailored to the situation of AGYW in Zimbabwe.