In October 2020, Publish What You Fund embarked on a multi-year project to improve the transparency of funding towards women’s economic empowerment (WEE), women’s financial inclusion (WFI), women’s empowerment collectives (WECs) and gender integration (GI).
With so much still to be done to advance gender equality, it is vital that we understand and recognise the significant role of funding to achieve this goal. This project aims to provide the evidence to inform strategic decisions around how to increase and better target investments that economically empower women.
We are tracking funding to women’s economic empowerment, women’s financial inclusion and women’s empowerment collectives as well as assessing which donors have a gender integration approach. We will focus on six countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We are collaborating with the Center for Financial Inclusion and the International Center for Research on Women as well as a number of other grantees.
WEE is key to the realisation of women’s rights and their full participation in society and the world of work, helping both to reduce poverty for all people and achieve gender equality. However, with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic implications WEE has not only stagnated since 2020 but is in reverse.
A barrier to achieving progress on WEE, is limited understanding of who funds it, why and with what results. Without this information, it remains difficult for policymakers, donors and gender advocates to know how to best allocate funds and address funding gaps. Our research will create an evidence base to better inform decision making around funding levels, allocations, and catalytic investments.
Through multi-stakeholder consultation conceptualise new approaches and develop tools to track funding to women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion and empowerment collectives and assess gender integration.
Produce robust evidence and recommendations for the improved reporting and publication of information on donor’s gender integration policies and funding to women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion and empowerment collectives.
Use our findings and tested tools to advocate for more effective investments in women’s economic empowerment at the country and global level through targeted engagement with key donors and policymakers.
We will be conducting research and advocacy in the following countries: