How to Integrate Gender & Women’s Economic Empowerment into Private Sector Development: An accompanying guide for policy-makers – DCED (2018)

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2018, DCED – 14 pages

This document is designed to give concise guidance on integrating WEE on the policy side. The focus of this guidance note will be on the policy cycle, providing support to policy-makers focused on the key tasks that they commonly undertake, namely:

  • Integrating WEE into PSD policy papers
  • Integrating WEE into Terms of Reference / Calls for Proposals
  • Assessing bidders/prospective grantees’ approaches to WEE
  • Contract management and oversight of WEE in ongoing programmes
  • Helping implementers to upgrade their approach to WEE mid-implementation
  • Building an evidence base for WEE and feeding back learnings into the policy cycle

Women’s Economic Empowerment: What do we know? – DCED (2019)

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2019, DCED Synthesis note – 6 pages

This synthesis note gives a brief overview of the most important aspects relating to WEE: the business case, key definitions, constraints and opportunities and impact measurement.

Main takeaways:

  • WEE is a contested term; most definitions include ‘access’ and ‘agency’ as key elements
  • There is increasing evidence that business actions such as investing in care services, supporting women at various levels of the value chain or having more gender-diverse boards can lead to economic gains for firms as well as for the whole economy.
  • There is evidence of successful financial and digital inclusion WEE initiatives.
  • Since social norms play a fundamental role in development programmes’ success, ensuring the participation of men and women across the project cycle can constitute an important first step.