A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment summarizes the findings of 18 research efforts commissioned specifically for this project across four categories of employment – entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women's employment. Some conducted new data analysis while others reviewed the existing evidence. The commissions analyzed effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the programs when this information was available. Some of the commissioned studies conducted new data analyses while others reviewed existing evidence – analyzing available evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of programs. The project includes a total of 136 published empirical evaluations. In November 2016, we launched an update to the Roadmap, “Revisiting What Works: Women, Economic Empowerment and Smart Design,” featuring 96 new studies on women’s economic empowerment globally. To see the updated findings, click here.

Roadmap Highlights Report

Roadmap Full Report

Roadmap Executive Summary in Spanish

Roadmap Executive Summary in French


Findings from the report are organized and presented in the Roadmap for Action below by groups of women and typical country scenarios that are likely to influence the success of interventions. The Roadmap for Action was crafted primarily to guide actions and investments by the private sector and potential public-private sector partnerships.

Groups of Women: There are different categories of women (i.e., poor, very poor, non-poor, young) most likely to form the majority of women working for pay or seeking work in a particular country scenario.

Country Scenarios: There are different country scenarios defined by demographic changes and job prospects (i.e., high fertility, agrarian economies; declining fertility, urbanizing economies; declining fertility, formalizing economies; and aging populations, aging societies).