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Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

This event was a collaboration between CGD, United Nations Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, World Bank, and Plan International USA.

Increasingly, policies and programs that seek to ‘empower women economically’ are part of public and private sector agencies’ agendas; however, few have been rigorously evaluated. This event was in response to these agencies’ expressed need to learn which measures and evaluation designs are best suited to monitor and accurately capture the results of these programs.

The forum included remarks by Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues and current executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security, and by Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Top academics, experienced practitioners, and senior representatives from public and private donor organizations discussed the design of effective M&E systems, when and how to conduct impact evaluations, and how to measure economic empowerment. The event looked at lessons learned from recent measurement and impact evaluation work. 

Welcome Remarks
Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development

Opening Keynote Address
Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Inst. for Women, Peace & Security, and former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues

Setting the Scene: Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment
Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation

Perspectives from Academia: Defining and Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment

Panelists
Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist, Africa Region and Research Group, World Bank
Jim Knowles, Independent Economic Consultant
Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Moderator
Amanda Glassman, VP Programs, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Coffee Break

How Do We Know What Works? What Is the Role of External Funders?
William Savedoff, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Perspectives from Practitioners and Funders: Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment

Panelists
Tessie San Martin, CEO, Plan International
Krisila Benson, Senior Director of Program Services, TechnoServe
Henriette Kolb, Head of the Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation
Sydney Price, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kate Spade & Company

Moderator
Noa Gimelli, Director of the Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative, ExxonMobil Foundation

Closing Keynote Address
Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy

Closing Remarks
Amanda Glassman, VP Programs, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

 

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Chief Operating Officer, Senior Fellow, and Board Secretary
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Senior Fellow, President Emeritus

June 16, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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