The Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Measurement Learning Collaborative
About the Project
How we measure women's economic empowerment matters. A new learning collaborative from the Center for Global Development and Data2x will work to advance understanding and informed use of WEE-related measures for research and action.

The Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Measurement Learning Collaborative, launched in May 2021 by CGD and Data2X, convenes WEE experts across sectors to improve the quality and relevance of WEE measurement tools and indicators and advance understanding and informed use of WEE-related measures for research and action. The Learning Collaborative leverages the WEE measurement-related knowledge and expertise of its members around three objectives:

  1. Exploring reliable, practical and comparable WEE indicators for use in project results frameworks.
  2. Proposing quality and transparency standards for WEE population monitoring tools
  3. Creating  a methodology for tracking developing finance institutions’ gender lens investing performance, building on CGD’s Gender Equity in Development Finance Survey

If you are interested in joining the Women’s Economic Empowerment Measurement Learning Collaborative, please contact Alba Loureiro (aloureiro@CGDEV.ORG).

Blogs

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment
    The rhetoric around women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in global development is finally being translated into action. Development ...
  • Addressing Violence against Women and Children during COVID-19
    On March 20, President Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, aimed at preventing and combatti...
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment as a US Development Priority: Still A Lot of Room for Improvement
    While the previous US administration sought to elevate some elements of women’s economic empowerment within development policy, a ...
  • DFIs’ Approach to Gender Lens Investing
    Andia Chakava, Investment Director at the Graça Machel Trust, joined our launch event to share her reflections on the survey’s for...
  • Gender Equity in Development Finance
    Now more than ever women need equal access to development finance; without it, COVID-19 & DFI response efforts could potential...
  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment
    “Who decides how money gets spent in your household?" Researchers have often asked this question through household surveys to...
  • How Do We Make Finance Work for Women?
  • A Pioneer Survey of 21 DFIs
    Our team has just launched (to our knowledge) the first ever survey of the gender policies and practices of 21 multilateral a...
  • Do Indices Move the Needle on Gender Equality?

Publications

  • A Core Set of WEE Indicators
    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global recession, researchers have documented the economic impacts of the c...
  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment during COVID-19
    When health crises like COVID-19 emerge, the shocks to economic, social, and health systems can have different implications for wo...
  • Gender and Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    This paper, part of a series documenting the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, focuses on the role of social protection ...
  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment
    A main objective of the compendium is practical: helping readers locate and choose different tools (and indicators) for different ...
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment in West Africa
    Evidence on ‘what works’ to promote women’s economic empowerment has expanded in recent years but remains geographically unbalance...
  • Gender Equity in Development Finance Survey
    By surveying DFIs, we aim to start building a baseline of their gender policies and practices, analyze the data, and make recommen...
  • Revisiting What Works updates the evidence first published in the 2013 Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment and, as ...

Events

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Context of Financial Inclusion
    Financial inclusion stakeholders continue to face important challenges to define and measure women’s economic empowerment (WEE). D...
  • Join us on Dec. 2 for the Annual Birdsall House Conference Series on Women!
    The Birdsall House Conference on Women identifies and highlights leading research and scholarly findings on women’s empowerment in...
  • Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. ...
  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Context of Financial Inclusion
    Financial inclusion stakeholders continue to face important challenges to define and measure women’s economic empowerment (WEE). D...
  • Join us on Dec. 2 for the Annual Birdsall House Conference Series on Women!
    The Birdsall House Conference on Women identifies and highlights leading research and scholarly findings on women’s empowerment in...
  • Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. ...

Contact

For more information, email Lara Abiona at modonnell@cgdev.org.

Contact

For more information, email Lara Abiona at modonnell@cgdev.org.

Experts

Mayra Buvinic
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a senior ...
Megan O'Donnell
Megan O’Donnell is a policy fellow and assistant director for gender at CGD. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, gender data and me...

Experts

  • Mayra Buvinic
    Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a senior ...
  • Megan O'Donnell
    Megan O’Donnell is a policy fellow and assistant director for gender at CGD. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, gender data and me...

Acknowledgments

CGD would like to acknowledge the generous support and engagement of the Gates Foundation and the Exxon-Mobil Foundation.