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Generating evidence on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality and growth in low-income countries

The Department for International Development (DfID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to announce the jointly-funded research initiative Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW).


The GrOW call for outline proposals is now closed. Many thanks to all that have applied.

The GrOW research program aims to strengthen the evidence base to inform social and economic policies that enhance women’s economic empowerment, close gender gaps, and simultaneously promote economic growth. The ultimate goal is to enhance economic outcomes and opportunities for poor women in low-income countries. GrOW focuses on women’s economic empowerment — in labour markets, entrepreneurship, and the care economy — and the connections between women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and patterns of economic growth in low-income contexts.

With an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the program aims to generate rigorous empirical evidence and new, cutting-edge knowledge that addresses the following questions:

• Theme 1:What are the nature and magnitude of barriers to women’s economic empowerment and to closing
gender gaps in earnings and productivity? How can these barriers be overcome?

• Theme 2: How do specific patterns of economic growth and types of structural change affect women’s economic empowerment and gender equality?

• Theme 3: How do women’s economic empowerment and gender equality affect economic growth?

The call for outline research proposals invites proposals on themes 1 and 2.  
For more information see:
To apply, please complete and submit the online application on this site. 
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