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Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Measurement in Financial Inclusion
March 08, 2023
Evidence suggests that women who use financial services have increased opportunities to earn income and exercise agency by accessing jobs, starting businesses, and gaining intra-household bargaining power. While financial inclusion experts and agents have begun to apply women’s economic empowerment ...
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Care Data Portals: Introducing Local and Global Initiatives
October 01, 2022
While worldwide demand for care is increasing, there is limited data on the extent that care-related services are provided at communal, national, and international levels, as well as context-specific data on the economic and social benefits that investments in the care sector could yield. This event...
Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in Payment Projects: A Short Module to Complement Context-Specific Measures
September 29, 2022
This note provides actionable advice on measurement for project teams working on digital government-to-person projects, as well as practitioners and researchers working on cash transfer payments and financial inclusion more broadly. It provides short measures focused on key outcomes related to women...
What Works to Empower Businesswomen Economically and When to Measure It: Catching Up on New Evidence
July 05, 2022
If the objective is to grow women’s businesses by providing capital infusions, programs can nudge women to invest more of their capital in their own businesses by making accessible capital in-kind (and less likely to be easily divided) or providing access to individual accounts through mobile bankin...
A Core Set of WEE Indicators to Inform Digital Social Protection Payment Programs
June 28, 2022
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global recession, researchers have documented the economic impacts of the crisis, including in the form of individuals’ lost employment and income and increased poverty and food insecurity within households. To respond to these impacts, about 20...
Leading Champions in the Financial Sector Agree: Stronger Political Will and More Data are Needed to Unlock Women’s Financial Empowerment
June 16, 2022
As the world fights to extract itself from the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of women in the global economy has been correctly cited as an important source for future economic growth. Women took to the front lines over the past two years – in their roles as doctors, nurses and scientists, home provide...
A Call to Improve the Quality and Transparency of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality Indexes
April 07, 2022
As gender equality has gained increased prominence as an important human rights and global development priority, our teams at CGD and Data2X have seen a proliferation of reports, tools, and indexes that seek to track countries’ progress (or lack thereof) in improving various women’s economic empower...
Women-Owned Businesses Suffered During the Pandemic. Here’s Why.
January 12, 2022
Women-owned businesses around the world have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, closing at higher rates than businesses owned by men. There are a variety of reasons why this happened: partly because women are concentrated in sectors that suffered a greater drop in demand during the pandemic, an...
Persistent Gender Gaps in Business Profits in Indonesia: Implications for COVID-19 Recovery Policies
December 17, 2021
This paper analyzes a rich pre-pandemic data set on both men and women business owners from 401 mainly rural villages in five regencies (kabupaten) of East Java province, Indonesia. There are some similarities but mostly large gender differences in characteristics and resources in this random sample...
Building Metrics for the US National Gender Strategy: From Aspiration to Action
November 15, 2021
With the Biden-Harris administration’s release of the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, the United States has taken an unprecedented step in seeking to close gender gaps at home and abroad. In light of persistent gender inequalities, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, po...