This document presents research on womens economic empowerment and growth in low income countries. The joint programme will deliver policy-relevant research on critical questions faced by decision makers in improving the economic lives of women in LICs, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The funds will be spent on commissioning competitive research calls to: (i) Generate robust evidence on the barriers that lock women out of economic opportunities, policy options to address these barriers; how women's economic empowerment enhances growth; how growth delivers sustainable economic benefits for women and girls and how rapid growth might help erode gender-based constraints on women and girls. (ii) Strengthen the ability of southern researchers to undertake rigorous research and engage with policy-makers through structured support by IDRC, mentoring from Advisors, south-south learning events, and co-authorship of research papers. (iii) Enhance research uptake by policy-makers, through syntheses of findings, policy briefs, and opportunities for policy-makers to engage with researchers.
- A growing body of research suggests that womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s limited roles and participations hinders overall economic growth. Policies that aim to improve growing womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economic opportunities should also include thoughtful consideration for the environment and climate change.
- Main question: what is the likely impact (positive and negative) on climate change and environment for each feasible option under WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Economic Empowerment and Growth (WEEG)?
- The report suggests considering climate and environmental results in sustainable gender considerate policy work and long-term assessments.
- Climate change could increase gender disparity due to traditional chore assignments (e.g., fetching water, farming) and changing climatic conditions.