Empowering women and girls through private sector engagement: lessons from SPRING

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BEAM Grab the Mic webinar

Date: 23rd November 2021

Heidi Ober and Gordon Freer from Tetra Tech International Development

Which models, incentives and businesses are best suited to achieve lasting systemic change? A recent evaluation of SPRING explores how they addressed this question. 

SPRING was a five-year business accelerator programme funded by FCDO, USAID, Australian Aid and The Nike Foundation. It supported business ventures to develop products and services to transform the lives of adolescent girls. A recent independent evaluation found that the programme reached over 2 million young women over a period of 5 years by working with 75 businesses.

Private-sector engagement, broadly defined, has become a popular strategy for delivering developmental objectives among government donors, philanthropic foundations and corporate social investment initiatives. However the label conceals a wide variety of practices and diverse forms of engagement can happen at many different levels.

Which models and practices are most likely to lead to structural and systemic changes that sustain lasting results at scale?

With this question in mind, Gordon Freer and Heidi Ober, the independent evaluators of SPRING, used this webinar to examine some of the lessons learned from the SPRING evaluation.

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