[Featured Resource] Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development

This week’s profiled resource is titled Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development: Guidelines for Practitioners and comes to us from The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development. This publication aims to provide suggestions on the measurement of women’s economic empowerment and advocates for measuring household dynamics because it is the one place where women and men live and experience the various effects – positive and sometimes negative – of development and empowerment.

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For women, their families and society reap the full benefits of development, investments in women must also promote their empowerment, e.g., a woman’s ability advance economically, and make and act on economic decisions. Studies by the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations (UN) and others show that investments in private sector development that promote women’s economic empowerment can yield higher returns – in terms of poverty reduction and broader positive effects – on development, compared to investments that do not incorporate women’s economic empowerment. Most guidelines on women’s economic empowerment focus on theory or guiding implementation practices, such as conducting gender analysis and designing successful interventions. Certain guidance documents are particularly helpful and relevant to private sector development (PSD) programmes such as the work conducted by a multi-donor effort coordinated by the M4P Hub in 2011.2 However, there are few documents available that provide suggestions on the measurement of women’s economic empowerment.

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