The United Nations Foundation builds public/private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.

The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and is now supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.


Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world's growing energy needs. But for us, energy development is more than oil and gas production. It is also about developing people and delivering sustainable, long-term benefits around the world. ExxonMobil partners with individual communities to enable economic growth; build a strong, sustainable workforce; and positively impact community health, education and social well-being. In 2005, ExxonMobil launched the Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative (WEOI) to help women fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. To date, ExxonMobil has invested more than $90 million in women's empowerment programs, reaching tens of thousands of women around the world. In 2014, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates, provided $279 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and the Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.


More than 45 development economists and other international experts from top universities, international agencies, and non-profit organizations collaborated to analyze existing empirical evidence and generate new findings. Below is a list of the institutional affiliations of the research partners who were a part of this effort.

  • BRAC
  • Brandeis University
  • Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo, Peru
  • Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • International Center for Research on Women
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • International Livestock Research Institute
  • London School of Economics
  • Rutgers University
  • University College London
  • University of Florida
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Washington
  • UN Women, Fund for Gender Equality
  • Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • WEConnect International
  • Women’s World Banking
  • World Bank
  • Yale University