Interventions for Women's Empowerment in Developing Countries: An evidence gap map

Sabina Singh, Martin Prowse, Howard White, Asha Warsame, Ratheebhai Vijayamma, Andreas Reumann, Jyotsna Puri, Vibhuti Mendiratta, Deborah Sun Kim, Naila Kabeer, Shahriar Islam, Romina Cavatassi, Ndaya Beltchika, Aslihan Arslan

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This evidence gap map (EGM) plots studies on the effectiveness of interventions for women’s empowerment in developing countries (defined here as the list of countries defined by the Kyoto Protocol as non-Annex I countries). The EGM contains 423 studies, of which 288 are impact evaluations, 105 are process evaluations and 38 are systematic reviews. Most evidence is from studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. There is a relatively large amount of evidence on economic interventions and capacity-building interventions, and both these categories in the map have a high number of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. There is a dearth of evidence on policy and institutional interventions. In terms of outcomes, political empowerment outcome categories are far less populated than other outcome categories. Women’s representation in political bodies, digital access and access to justice shows very little evidence.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGreen Climate Fund Independent Evaluation Unit
Number of pages92
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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