Private sector development represents a powerful way to address gender inequalities and empower women both economically and socially. At the same time, engaging women in productive employment can have economy-wide benefits.
The Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group aims to harness knowledge and experience among DCED member agencies and PSD practitioners on how to integrate gender and WEE considerations more strategically and effectively into their work. Ultimately, it seeks to enhance the economic development and poverty reduction impact of PSD programmes by helping to increase their knowledge, capacity and incentives to address relevant constraints and needs of both women and men equally.
In 2017, the WEE WG published a Synthesis Document on How to Integrate Gender and WEE into PSD Programmes. It is structured around the DCED Standard for Results Measurement, and links to proven guidance. The document points to ‘minimum’ activities that all programmes should aim for, and additional elements they can work towards to become more effective in achieving pro-poor benefits for women and men alike. It builds on the 2014 Guidelines on measuring WEE in PSD which in turn built on the 2013 literature review of household-level indicators and impacts of women’s economic empowerment.
In 2016, the group also published a paper by Helen Bradbury (ALCP Georgia) summarising her experience of managing a programme that integrates gender issues and M4P throughout the project cycle – How to put Gender and WEE into practice in M4P – A Description of the Ethos, Systems and Tools used in the Alliances Programme in Georgia.
In 2012, the Group published a scoping study of donors’ and development agencies’ activities and approaches in the WED field.
The Working Group is exploring further dissemination of the Synthesis Document, WEE in migration contexts, and possibly WEE and social entrepreneurship.