Policy findings and reports

Scoping Study

A desk review and consultation with experts  to identify and typologise Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) programmes and policies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia was undertaken to assess the extent to which empowerment interventions have integrated care and how they contribute to the potential of a 'double boon' or 'double burden'


Conceptualisation of WEE programmes is done alone three lines of stratification:

  • Provision of paid work:  public works, entrepreneurship
  • Facilitation of paid work: education, training, savings
  • Enabling environment: structural issues such as legislation, frameworks and collective action

Conceptualising women’s economic empowerment

This paper, ‘Conceptualising women’s economic empowerment: the importance of care’ was presented on the panel,  ‘Social Reproduction, Care and Women’s Economic Empowerment: New Framing and Research to support Claimsmaking’, at the 24th IAFFE conference in Berlin from 16-18 July 2015. The panel, which was organised by the Institute of Development Studies, included papers from the Institute as well as international partners – Oxfam and ActionAid – and leading scholars, such as Professors Ruth Pearson and Rhys Jenkins. The panel addressed the complex links between social reproduction and care, and the economic empowerment of women and girls. It highlighted exciting new proposals in framing and gathering evidence on care to support claims making with State and private sector actors. Papers explored how literature has conceptualised women’s economic empowerment and whether it has taken sufficient account of the care economy; inequalities in women’s work that perpetuate the care crisis; factors and conditions influencing positive change in household care provision; making claims in specific contexts for the recognition, reduction or redistribution of care work; and taxation and the reproductive bargain in the era of globalisation.

Download the full presenation: iaffe_ids_presentation.pptx