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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
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
How are beliefs about gender differences formed, and how do they affect children’s aspirations and academic performance? In this talk, Alex Eble will discuss recent work (co-authored with Feng Hu of the University of Science and Technology Beijing) on perceived gender gaps in mathematics in Chinese middle schools.
In a recent paper, Kate Ambler and coauthors studied the impact of one-season cash transfers for agricultural investment in Senegal and Malawi, using data from a randomized control trial (RCT) in each country. They found evidence that transfers reduced both the number of decision makers and female decision making in Senegal in the short-run, particularly for measures directly related to agriculture. However, the effects disappeared two years after the transfers. Conversely, the authors find transfers in the Malawi program led to robust transitory increases in these measures, seeing a greater impact related to the number of decision makers in the household persisting after two year period. Join us for the latest CGD Invited Research Forum to discuss these opposing findings on the effects of cash transfers on household decision making.
Indian agriculture remains vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, and the looming threat of climate change may expose this vulnerability further. Using district-level data on temperature, rainfall and crop production, Siddharth Hari’s paper first documents a long-term trend of rising temperatures, declining average precipitation and increase in extreme precipitation events. One key finding is that the impact of temperature and rainfall are felt only in the extreme: when temperatures are much higher, rainfall is significantly lower, and the number of “dry days” greater is than normal. He also finds that these impacts are significantly more adverse in unirrigated areas (and hence rainfed crops) compared to irrigated areas. Can policy makers react to the challenges of climate change and find ways to get “more crop for every drop?"