Case study

What can be achieved in Women's Economic Empowerment

Early lessons and examples from operationalising a Women’s Economic Empowerment framework in a multi-country context

June 201734 pages Fiji Japan Papua New Guinea Sri Lanka Timor-Leste Australia & Pacific Asia: South Eastern Agriculture Manufacturing Gender & social inclusion Download as PDF (1.1 MB) MDF Phase 1 progamme profile


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Published by
Market Development Facility
Project implementer
Cardno Emerging Markets
Market Development Facility (MDF)
Results level
Poverty reduction
Case study
Data source
Intervention types
Improved access to finance
Improved access to information
Improved input supply
Improved marketing of products
Improved product / service quality
Improved value chain coordination

MDF was conceived to stimulate investment, business innovation and regulatory reform, leading to the creation of additional jobs and an associated increase in the income of poor women and men in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Intervention description

This paper explores the work done by MDF on Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE). It takes different examples from its country programmes.

The first section explores MDF’s adoption of its own WEE framework.

The second section examines how MDF choses to integrate responsibility for women’s empowerment throughout the project.

The final section looks at how MDF develops creative business models and convinces potential partners to invest to increase WEE.

Evidence methodology

The report was prepared by a consultant along with MDF teams who developed the case studies and contributed to the collation of lessons learned. They draw on their knowledge and experience in WEE and market systems development.

Data shared by MDF is generated through their results measurement system which has been successfully audited against the DCED Standard for results measurement.