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Integrating behavioural change to accelerate women's economic empowerment

For development interventions to be successful we rely on people to behave and choose in certain ways. For example, for new advanced agricultural practices to provide benefits, farmers must adopt and use them.…


Added by Resy Vermeltfoort on October 6, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

5 ways to promote women’s economic empowerment in small rural enterprises

Investing in rural SMEs that promote women’s empowerment

Investing in small rural enterprises in developing countries is extremely challenging.  A commitment to women’s empowerment may add to this complexity as investment candidates need…


Added by Fabian Llinares on September 26, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Empower a woman and a whole cocoa community will thrive

Women’s group leader and cocoa farmer Gladys from Ghana

Do you know where chocolate comes from? Do you wonder who produced the cocoa in your chocolate and under what circumstances? Do you care if the chocolate you buy is sourced in a responsible way, with equal access and opportunity for women?

Without cocoa there is no chocolate, and without the next generation of cocoa farmers there is no cocoa. To create a sustainable supply chain, we need to transform the lives and livelihoods of cocoa growing…


Added by on September 19, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

How businesses can tackle the social norms that limit women

Across the world, women make a significant contribution to global supply chains, in spite of complex hurdles that limit their inclusion and their leadership. How can businesses make it easier for women to fulfil their potential? Claudia Canepa shares some ideas from Oxfam’s private sector partnerships.

The UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLP) recently…


Added by Claudia Canepa on September 13, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Measuring Social Norms on WEE Programmes: Lessons from Itad’s Work in Gender Equality

The role of social norms change in economically empowering women was a hot topic at the SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum earlier this year.

The event was opened by Professor…


Added by on September 6, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

A human economy for women and men

How can we build an economy that works for everyone? Fenella Porter explains why in order to conceptualise a truly ‘human’ economy we need to look at inequalities of gender as much as inequalities of wealth.

If the world turned upside down and we replaced all the women with men, and all the men with women, we still wouldn’t have gender equality.

This is because although there are many examples of women and men who have crossed the gender…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on July 26, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Does providing energy access improve the lives of women and girls? Sort of.

We’ve all see the photos of women and girls in developing countries carrying large bundles of wood on their backs, transporting the fuel they need over long distances in order to prepare meals for their families. Women are recognized to be more prone to the burdens of energy poverty because they’re responsible for tasks that would be made easier and safer if they had access to better energy sources, like liquid petroleum gas (LPG), modern cookstoves, and electricity.  These…


Added by Rebecca Rewald on July 3, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Cultivating Opportunities for Women in Agriculture

Tanzanian smallholder farmer Jaconda Chengula sits atop her maize harvest.

Women are essential contributors to agriculture around the world. In low-income countries, women make up approximately 40 percent of the agricultural labor force. Yet women often have less access than men to necessary resources, services, time, and markets, hindering their productivity. Findings from CGAP’s national…


Added by Caroline Ayes on June 28, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

A holistic approach to women’s economic empowerment

What does economic empowerment look like and how can it be achieved? Vincent Trousseau looks at examples from Oxfam’s programmes in Zambia and Morocco and introduces our new conceptual framework.

What is women’s economic empowerment?

Oxfam believes that effective economic empowerment for…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 27, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Trends on WEE: addressing systemic barriers, the new world of work and evidence of impact

The recent WEE Global Learning Forum was a unique opportunity to explore the trends on WEE and to learn from innovative initiatives implemented by development actors. This article gives some insights on our take-aways from the event!

Systemic barriers, including social norms freezing the expected roles of women and men, were high on the agenda and there appeared to be consensus amongst…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 14, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Women’s Economic Agency and Share Outs: Lessons from the Financial Diaries with Savings for Change Groups in El Salvador and Guatemala

Saving groups are intended to increase women’s resilience and financial assets, among other goals. A recent research looking at financial diaries uncovers surprising use of share-outs and opportunities for greater financial inclusion in Guatemala and El Salvador.

In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and Oxfam America, Microfinance Opportunities implemented a year-long Financial…


Added by Guy Stuart on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Shifting social norms at scale: Insights from the Practitioners' Learning Group

Facilitated by Oxfam and the SEEP Network, the Practitioners' Learning Group (PLG) on Shifting Social Norms in the Economy at Scale aims to better understand how to address social norms in the economy and create change at scale.

During the recent WEE Global Learning Forum, initial insights were shared with a wide audience during a particularly well attended session articulated around the following…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 2, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

How do we measure women’s empowerment?

Empowering women and supporting gender equality is the stated aim of many development projects. Often these projects are asked to monitor and evaluate the extent to which their work is contributing to achieving greater empowerment, but there is little guidance on how to do it. In this blog Simone Lombardini presents a new guide to measuring women’s empowerment in Oxfam projects, developed through five years of impact evaluations.

Since 2011,…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 1, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Addressing non-market constraints for sustained WEE - A theory of change

In her opening keynote to the WEE Global Learning Forum, Prof. Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics, presented a theory of change for sustainable women’s economic empowerment.

In this short interview, Prof. Naila Kabeer explains how this theory of change should address structural barriers, and provides some insights on how to translate this into a programmatic approach.…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on May 24, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

What is the role for the private sector in achieving systemic changes for WEE

Businesses are a key part of the equation for achieving WEE across the value chain. Ulrike Joras highlights some steps that the private sector is taking towards that aim and spells out the questions around their potential contribution to systemic changes.

Close to 1500 business leaders have joined the Women’s Empowerment Principles…


Added by Ulrike Joras on May 18, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Tackling the ‘last mile’ energy access challenge through women’s economic empowerment

Access to energy is critical for women’s economic empowerment: not only can it free up time for other economic activities, but it also offers opportunities to engage into new roles and gain control over economic decisions. Alessandra Moscadelli, from Energy 4 Impact, highlights some of the strategies to scale-up rural supply chains for last mile markets.



Added by Alessandra Moscadelli on May 11, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Women's rights movements must make way for older women

The 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March was vibrant with the sound of female voices from many continents. It showed the strength of the determination to make progress on women claiming their rights, especially in the context of the world's current uncertainty.

As thousands of civil society groups gathered in New York alongside government representatives, parliamentarians, academics and others, the message from the…


Added by Kate Horstead on April 19, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Understanding Oxfam’s WEE in Value Chains Programming

Oxfam implements programmes to improve women’s economic empowerment (WEE) within value chains in more than 40 countries. This article highlights distinctive characteristics of Oxfam’s programmatic approach to tackle the broad spectrum of barriers to WEE.

Covering around 30 projects, the review provides great insights in the kinds of approaches Oxfam is taking within its programmes to improve women’s livelihoods, wellbeing and realise their…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on April 11, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Interview with winners of the WEE Leadership Awards

On 8th March, Winnie Byanyima announced the winners of the WEE Leadership Awards, an event organised by Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Agriculture to recognise staff members from across Oxfam and partner and community organisations who have shown exceptional championship of WEE.

Aida Zubčević, M.B. Akhter and Eaetemad Rafallah Abdallah have kindly accepted to share with us what…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 28, 2017 at 9:23 — No Comments

Why business should care about unpaid care work and social norms

The issue of unpaid care work, a subject close to my heart as a working mother of two young children, was the subject of a thought provoking panel discussion on why it matters to business at a co-hosted event in London by Unilever and Oxfam last week (see video of the event here). What struck me as I reflected on the issues raised during the event was the clear ethical and…


Added by claudia codsi on March 21, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

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