Tool: Integrating Women's Economic Empowerment into M4P Approaches

Published: February 2013

Strategic framework for integrating WEE into Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), an economic development approach focused on making market systems work more effectively, sustainably and beneficially for the poor as a means of reducing poverty for large numbers of women and men. It is a flexible framework used to help think through complex economic and social issues and facilitate locally-owned solutions in which both the public and private sector play important roles. &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&middot &nbsp Integrating Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) with Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) looks at women and men's economic market functions and participation. The aim of this tool is to increase women's participation within the studied market systems. Doing so would: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Strengthen economic productivity &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Be in line with other international policies, including the UN Convention on the Elimination on the Discrimination Against Women as well as the Beijing Platform for Action &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Reflect both economic and social justice &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&middot &nbsp To carry out this integration, 5 key steps have been identified: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp 1. Setting the strategic framework by identifying WEE goals &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Sample questions: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Who is the primary target group for this poverty reduction initiative? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What results do we want to achieve with and for poor women? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What systemic changes are needed to achieve these changes in growth and access? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Which market systems will you target? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp 2. Understanding market systems through a gender analysis &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Sample questions: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Market functions and divisions of labor &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Current rules, policies, and practices &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Current constraints &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Opportunities &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp 3. Defining sustainable outcomes by recognizing specific objectives within the pre-identified market systems &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Sample questions: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What is the goal and expected results for women in this project? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What is the business case for women's participation in this project? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What other opportunities and macro-level changes for women can sustain this project's results? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Do women's and/ or men's roles need to change for women to participate? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What are the risks to women or men's livelihood and food security? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp 4. Facilitating systemic change by identifying needed support &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Sample questions: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What will be the project's expected impact on women's income, time, unpaid domestic and productive work, decision-making authority, roles, equality, risks, etc.? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp Should the project design be modified under implementation to enhance positive effects? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp What is the scale potential for WEE and what are the gender risks associated with it? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect &nbsp How can this potential be reached (e.g., with incentives, further investment)? &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp 5. Assessing change with measurable indicators &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->o&nbsp Sample questions: &lt !--[if !supportLists]-->&sect Changes in women's incomes, time spent on productive and reproductive activities, awareness, attitudes, men and women's participation levels

Populations Poor, Women

Publishers Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida)

Funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)