Research Aims and Methodology

There is a large and robust body of evidence about the extent of unpaid care work that women and girls do, and its contributions to both the economy and human development outcomes. Unpaid care work is directly linked to the economic empowerment of women and girls. But is this evidence being used to inform public policy? Doing so would include the implementation of the '3 Rs':

Recognition of the role of women and girls in the provision of unpaid care, as well as its social and economic value.
Reduction in the drudgery and time burden of unpaid care, especially for women living in poverty.
Redistribution of unpaid care work: from women to men, and from the family to communities and the state.

Our approach

As part of our research programme, “Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls”, IDS has been exploring the political economy conditions under which policy actors recognise or ignore the significance of unpaid care.

Along with our partners, we are looking at the supply side of care: who provides care, under what conditions, and at what cost? We are also looking at where, why, when and how unpaid care concerns become more visible on national and international policy agendas. 

Find out more about our aims and methodology