How to Integrate Gender & Women’s Economic Empowerment into Private Sector Development – DCED (2017)

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2017, DCED – 45 pages

This paper seeks to provide Private Sector Development programmes aspiring to ‘do more on WEE’ but struggling to know where to start, ‘step up’ the gender-responsiveness of their programme by providing:

  • Concise, practical guidance on how to incorporate WEE into programme delivery and Monitoring and Results Measurement systems. This guidance is organised into ‘WEE reflection points’, and structured according to the 7 elements of the DCED’s popular Standard for Results Measurement;
  • Links to the best proven and practical tools and resources available;
  • Real programme examples and case studies.

Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development – SDC (2016)

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2016, SDC – 9 pages

This guidance sheet provides a high-level overview of the basic concepts concerning WEAMS and M4P. It is one of a series written to support agency staff in ensuring that gender issues are taken into account transversally in different thematic domains and focuses on market systems development (MSD). It outlines key gender issues regarding women’s economic empowerment in MSD and how these can be integrated into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of cooperation strategies and project interventions.

How to Mainstream Gender in Project Cycle Management – SDC (2018)

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2018, SDC – 7 pages

This is a practical ‘How to’ guide focusing on mainstreaming gender in the programme or project cycle management. Applying a gender lens in the project cycle means taking into account power, risk, and exclusion dynamics from the outset. This deepens understanding of endogenous social processes and of the context where the project will intervene in. It also helps to mitigate exacerbating or creating new conflicts and gaps, while promoting do no harm. The guide includes helpful questions and tools for every step of the project cycle.

Guide to Gender Analysis and Gender Mainstreaming the Project Cycle – UNIDO (2021)

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2021, UNIDO Gender – 64 pages

This practical Gender Mainstreaming Guide and Toolkit provides guidance, entry points and concrete recommendations for technical personnel and Gender Focal Points working on UNIDO projects and programmes as well as for implementing partners and stakeholders. It aims to facilitate the effective and efficient integration of gender considerations throughout the entire project/ programme cycle, with a particular focus on gender analysis tools to support the important stage of project design.

Latest Research and Evidence on PSD – Special Feature: Women’s Economic Empowerment – DCED (2019)

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2019, DCED – 5 pages

This update brings together key findings from recent original studies on constraints and solutions to WEE, as well as the social and economic benefits of WEE.

Main takeaways:

  • There are persistent gender gaps in the economic empowerment of women and men in the agricultural sector, across different countries.
  • Economic transformation offers new opportunities for entrepreneurship, wage labour and social

empowerment, but women often benefit less from these than men.

  • In the area of agricultural productivity and climate-smart agriculture, successful country-specific solutions to WEE have focused on addressing the most binding constraints, or enhancing women’s participation in markets that they are already active in.
  • Some regulatory reforms and agricultural value chain interventions are found to have social empowerment benefits, and these benefits often seem to increase over time.
  • There is however also new evidence that economic development programmes have not always been effective in addressing binding constraints for women.
  • Recent research is inconclusive on the relationship between WEE and partner violence, but programmes can probably do more to reduce the risk of harm.
  • Most studies highlight the importance of context-specific research to inform programme design and results in measurement.