March 3, 2016

GrOW research program: promoting women’s economic empowerment with evidence

Written by Arjan de Haan, Employment & Growth, IDRC Canada

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Photo credit: Christopher Herwig, UN Photo

Women around the world increasingly participate in economic activities, but they continue to face significant challenges in pursuing better paid, productive jobs, and in accumulating assets. These include deeply rooted social norms that limit their choices and access to opportunities, and the lack of recognition and value given to their dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners.

There is insufficient knowledge about how to overcome these challenges. The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program aims to fill that gap, providing new evidence that can inform social and economic policies to improve poor women’s lives, while promoting economic growth.

GrOW is a five-year, multi-funder partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The program launched in June 2013 with a budget of CA$17 million.

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