Mapping Demand for Women's Economic Empowerment Projects: A Global Analysis of U.N. Women's Fund for Gender Equality Proposals

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What kinds of economic empowerment programs would implementing organizations around the world ask for if they could speak directly to donors? While practitioners and policy-makers often use research to gain a clearer understanding of what types of programs work well for women, it is rare to have insight into the kinds of projects that are most in demand in various contexts around the world. To shed light on the global demand for various kinds of women’s economic empowerment programs, this project analyzes the 1,244 women’s economic empowerment proposals submitted to the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) during the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 grant-making cycles. It highlights the most frequent project types, sectors, and regions for which field-based implementers sought funding support.Each proposal contained multiple proposed interventions. Of the 1,244 proposals from the dataset, training was mentioned in 93% of proposals among the proposed interventions, followed by interventions involving policy reform, advocacy, and awareness-raising (66%), asset-building measures (26%), and support for networks and cooperatives (24%) for the 2009 and 2011 grant-making cycles. Most applications came from Africa (35%), and particularly Eastern Africa, which constituted 55% of proposals from the Africa region. Among African proposals, business training was the most frequently requested intervention in 2009 (37% of proposals), and awareness-raising was the most frequently requested intervention in 2011 (52% of proposals). The least demand for FGE funding came from Europe and Central Asia (ECA), which comprised 4% of submissions for the 2009 and 2011 cycles.

PDF icon WEE_Roadmap_Report_Final.pdfAnna Wolf Jade HawesValentina LuketaMar Martinez