The DCED itself and many of its members are signatories to the Busan Declaration
on Aid Effectiveness (December 2011). They accept that “Reducing gender inequality
is both an end in its own right and a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive
growth” (Busan Declaration December 2011). In particular, they commit to:
- Accelerate and deepen efforts to
collect, disseminate, harmonise and make full use of data disaggregated by sex to
inform policy decisions and guide investments, ensuring in turn that public expenditures
are targeted appropriately to benefit both women and men
targets for gender equality and women’s empowerment in accountability mechanisms,
grounded in international and regional commitments.
Within the DCED, members have formed a Women’s Entrepreneurship Development
Working Group (WED WG), where member agencies are focusing presently on sharing
information and experiences of interventions to support women’s entrepreneurship. The group has recently undertaken a scoping exercise on DCED members’ WED interventions, a literature review of household-level indicators and impacts of women’s entrepreneurship development and guidelines for practitioners on measuring women's economic empowerment in private sector development. The latter was presented via webinar - to listen to the recording, and access additional resources including questions answered by the presenters, go to the dedicated webinar page. For more information on the WED Working Group click here.
The DCED itself has developed tools to facilitate monitoring of the gender impacts
of PSD interventions. The DCED Standard can be used to measure the gender impact
of PSD interventions in terms of employment and entrepreneurship. The DCED will
assist both its members’ and other development partners’ efforts to
assess and learn from their interventions in this respect.