Women’s Economic Empowerment

Addressing barriers to women’s economic empowerment is a priority for DFID and for BERF.  DFID’s Economic Development Strategy notes that barriers such as lower human capital and access to assets; discriminatory behaviours and laws; and the unequal distribution of care work hamper equality in the labour market. Empowerment of women benefits the next generation, particularly girls, creating a virtuous cycle for countries that get it right.

DFID has expressed a determination that all economic development work will tackle gender discrimination and work to deliver safer, more secure and higher-return work for women.

Gender has been a strong theme of BERF within a range of interventions.  Work for DFID Bangladesh highlights the lessons of addressing gender in Business Environment Reform programming.  Policy studies on gender in enterprise survey and customary law scope out important gender dimensions of the business environment reform agenda which may be followed up with more detailed work.   Women are also an important stakeholder group – and for example are clearly evidenced as such in the stakeholder engagement report undertaken by BERF in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

BERF Gender Projects

  1. Evidence and Learning Note Business Environment Reform and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan
  2. What is Best Practice on Gender and Business Environment Reform?
  3. Bangladesh Evidence and Learning Note Gender and Business Environment Investment Climate Reform in Bangladesh
  4. Gender Differences in Enterprise Surveys
  5. Gender and Customary Law in Business Environment Reform
  6. Occupied Palestinian Territories: Diagnostic Review and Stakeholder Engagement