Social Investment Report: A Look at Women for Women International

Published: September 2012

This document presents a social investment report. in 2009, Bloomberg Philanthropies and NoVo Foundation partnered to make a significant joint investment in Women for Women International to support the economic empowerment of women survivors of war. They engaged KPMG to assist them in better understanding the impact the WfWI programs in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can create for women and girls and identify the leverage points for continued investment in this and similar projects. Methods included key informant interviews and a review of "corroborating data".

Key Findings

  • The Women for Women International (WfWI) model has had a positive impact on womens' view of their own empowerment as well as an improvement in the opinions of men toward women.
  • The Women for Women International (WfWI) model has had a limited, but positive, impact on the education of school children in Rwanda. No direct impact on the education of school children in DRC was noted, but parents are engaging more in their children's education.
  • The Women for Women International (WfWI) model has had a positive impact on women's and children's health for women both directly and indirectly involved in the program.
  • The Women for Women International (WfWI) model has had a positive impact on the economic situation of women both directly and indirectly involved in the program.

Populations Adolescent Girls, Women

Complementary Outcomes Education And Literacy, Gender-based Violence, Sexual And Reproductive Health, Women's Leadership, Women's Rights

Publishers Bloomberg Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation

Geographic Focus Africa (Central)-Rwanda, Africa (Central)-Democratic Republic of Congo

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation