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This event was a collaboration between CGD, United Nations Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, World Bank, and Plan International USA.
Increasingly, policies and programs that seek to ‘empower women economically’ are part of public and private sector agencies’ agendas; however, few have been rigorously evaluated. This event was in response to these agencies’ expressed need to learn which measures and evaluation designs are best suited to monitor and accurately capture the results of these programs.
The forum included remarks by Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues and current executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security, and by Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Top academics, experienced practitioners, and senior representatives from public and private donor organizations discussed the design of effective M&E systems, when and how to conduct impact evaluations, and how to measure economic empowerment. The event looked at lessons learned from recent measurement and impact evaluation work.
Welcome Remarks Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development
Opening Keynote Address Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Inst. for Women, Peace & Security, and former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
Setting the Scene: Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation
Perspectives from Academia: Defining and Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment
Panelists Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist, Africa Region and Research Group, World Bank Jim Knowles, Independent Economic Consultant Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Moderator Amanda Glassman, VP Programs, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
How Do We Know What Works? What Is the Role of External Funders? William Savedoff, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Perspectives from Practitioners and Funders: Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment
Panelists Tessie San Martin, CEO, Plan International Krisila Benson, Senior Director of Program Services, TechnoServe Henriette Kolb, Head of the Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation Sydney Price, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kate Spade & Company
Moderator Noa Gimelli, Director of the Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative, ExxonMobil Foundation
Closing Keynote Address Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Closing Remarks Amanda Glassman, VP Programs, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development