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The Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Measurement Learning Collaborative
About the Project
How we measure women's economic empowerment matters. A new learning collaborative from the Center for Global Development and Data2x will work to advance understanding and informed use of WEE-related measures for research and action.

The Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Measurement Learning Collaborative, launched in May 2021 by CGD and Data2X, convenes WEE experts across sectors to improve the quality and relevance of WEE measurement tools and indicators and advance understanding and informed use of WEE-related measures for research and action. The Learning Collaborative leverages the WEE measurement-related knowledge and expertise of its members around three objectives:

1.Exploring reliable, practical and comparable WEE indicators for use in project results frameworks.

2. Proposing quality and transparency standards for WEE population monitoring tools

3. Creating  a methodology for tracking developing finance institutions’ gender lens investing performance, building on CGD’s Gender Equity in Development Finance Survey

If you are interested in joining the Women’s Economic Empowerment Measurement Learning Collaborative, please contact Megan O' Donnell (modonnell@cgdev.org).

Blogs

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Takeaways from a Meeting of...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    The rhetoric around women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in global development is finally being translated into action. Development organizations are using this objective to...
  • Addressing Violence against Women and Children during COVID-19: It’s Time...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    On March 20, President Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, aimed at preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic...
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment as a US Development Priority: Still A Lot of...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    While the previous US administration sought to elevate some elements of women’s economic empowerment within development policy, a recent report from the Government...
  • DFIs’ Approach to Gender Lens Investing: Reflections from Research and...
    by Andia Chakava et al.
    Andia Chakava, Investment Director at the Graça Machel Trust, joined our launch event to share her reflections on the survey’s formulation and findings. Here we further...
  • Gender Equity in Development Finance: How Are DFIs Doing?
    by Nancy Lee et al.
    Now more than ever women need equal access to development finance; without it, COVID-19 & DFI response efforts could potentially widen the already-significant gender gaps....
  • Concise, Comparable Measures of Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Impossible...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    “Who decides how money gets spent in your household?" Researchers have often asked this question through household surveys to gauge women’s level of agency and...
  • How Do We Make Finance Work for Women? Start by Listening to Them
    by Megan O'Donnell
  • Gender-Smart Investing: A Pioneer Survey of 21 DFIs
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Our team has just launched (to our knowledge) the first ever survey of the gender policies and practices of 21 multilateral and bilateral DFIs in order to gain a...
  • Do Indices Move the Needle on Gender Equality?
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.

Publications

  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    When health crises like COVID-19 emerge, the shocks to economic, social, and health systems can have different implications for women and girls, with gendered impacts across...
  • The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    This paper, part of a series documenting the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, focuses on the role of social protection policies and programs in addressing gender...
  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Compendium of Selected Tools
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    A main objective of the compendium is practical: helping readers locate and choose different tools (and indicators) for different purposes. This includes providing a better...
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment in West Africa: Towards a Practical Research...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Evidence on ‘what works’ to promote women’s economic empowerment has expanded in recent years but remains geographically unbalanced, with English speaking countries and...
  • Gender Equity in Development Finance Survey
    by Nancy Lee et al.
    By surveying DFIs, we aim to start building a baseline of their gender policies and practices, analyze the data, and make recommendations where stronger policies and practices...
  • Revisiting What Works: Women, Economic Empowerment and Smart Design
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Revisiting What Works updates the evidence first published in the 2013 Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment and, as with the Roadmap, privileges short-term...

Events

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Context of Financial Inclusion
    Financial inclusion stakeholders continue to face important challenges to define and measure women’s economic empowerment...
  • Join us on Dec. 2 for the Annual Birdsall House Conference Series on Women!
    The Birdsall House Conference on Women identifies and highlights leading research and scholarly findings on women’s...
  • Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact...

Blogs

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Takeaways from a Meeting of...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    The rhetoric around women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in global development is finally being translated into action. Development organizations are using this objective to...
  • Addressing Violence against Women and Children during COVID-19: It’s Time...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    On March 20, President Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, aimed at preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic...
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment as a US Development Priority: Still A Lot of...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    While the previous US administration sought to elevate some elements of women’s economic empowerment within development policy, a recent report from the Government...
  • DFIs’ Approach to Gender Lens Investing: Reflections from Research and...
    by Andia Chakava et al.
    Andia Chakava, Investment Director at the Graça Machel Trust, joined our launch event to share her reflections on the survey’s formulation and findings. Here we further...
  • Gender Equity in Development Finance: How Are DFIs Doing?
    by Nancy Lee et al.
    Now more than ever women need equal access to development finance; without it, COVID-19 & DFI response efforts could potentially widen the already-significant gender gaps....
  • Concise, Comparable Measures of Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Impossible...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    “Who decides how money gets spent in your household?" Researchers have often asked this question through household surveys to gauge women’s level of agency and...
  • How Do We Make Finance Work for Women? Start by Listening to Them
    by Megan O'Donnell
  • Gender-Smart Investing: A Pioneer Survey of 21 DFIs
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Our team has just launched (to our knowledge) the first ever survey of the gender policies and practices of 21 multilateral and bilateral DFIs in order to gain a...
  • Do Indices Move the Needle on Gender Equality?
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.

Publications

  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    When health crises like COVID-19 emerge, the shocks to economic, social, and health systems can have different implications for women and girls, with gendered impacts across...
  • The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    This paper, part of a series documenting the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, focuses on the role of social protection policies and programs in addressing gender...
  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Compendium of Selected Tools
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    A main objective of the compendium is practical: helping readers locate and choose different tools (and indicators) for different purposes. This includes providing a better...
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment in West Africa: Towards a Practical Research...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Evidence on ‘what works’ to promote women’s economic empowerment has expanded in recent years but remains geographically unbalanced, with English speaking countries and...
  • Gender Equity in Development Finance Survey
    by Nancy Lee et al.
    By surveying DFIs, we aim to start building a baseline of their gender policies and practices, analyze the data, and make recommendations where stronger policies and practices...
  • Revisiting What Works: Women, Economic Empowerment and Smart Design
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Revisiting What Works updates the evidence first published in the 2013 Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment and, as with the Roadmap, privileges short-term...

Events

Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Context of Financial Inclusion
Financial inclusion stakeholders continue to face important challenges to define and measure women’s economic empowerment (WEE). Developing and using a common approach to...
Join us on Dec. 2 for the Annual Birdsall House Conference Series on Women!
The Birdsall House Conference on Women identifies and highlights leading research and scholarly findings on women’s empowerment in the field of development economics. Past...
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex...

Contact

For more information, email Lara Abiona at modonnell@cgdev.org.

Contact

For more information, email Lara Abiona at modonnell@cgdev.org.

Experts

Mayra Buvinic
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a...
Megan O'Donnell
Megan O’Donnell is a policy fellow and assistant director for gender at CGD. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, gender...

Experts

  • Mayra Buvinic
    Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a...
  • Megan O'Donnell
    Megan O’Donnell is a policy fellow and assistant director for gender at CGD. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, gender...

Acknowledgments

CGD would like to acknowledge the generous support and engagement of the Gates Foundation and the Exxon-Mobil Foundation.