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M4P and women's economic empowerment

Guidelines for incorporating WEE into M4P programmes

2012 Georgia Nigeria Women and marginalised groups Download as PDF (938.1 KB)
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A WEE/M4P framework that provides key questions and issues to consider by market systems and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) project practitioners. The guidance also includes notes some of the lessons that have already been learned, and outstanding issues, based on a comparison of M4P projects in Nigeria and Georgia. 

The authors take mainstreaming WEE into M4P projects to mean: The process of assessing the implications for women in particular of M4P projects, with the ultimate goal of women’s greater economic empowerment. They argue that M4P projects can benefit from mainstreaming WEE, because:

  • Women are among the poor, and usually poorer than men. They make up a large part of the target group in any country: a poor person is more likely to be a girl or woman
  • Women are part of market systems, and removing barriers to their full participation will contribute to growth and reduce poverty for women as well as men, girls and boys. This is M4P projects’ main goal.
  • WEE is an important goal in itself, and increasingly recognised as such by donors, governments, civil society and M4P practitioners. 

This framework followed a previous paper that aimed to initiate and support a process for developing recommendations and guidance for better addressing WEE in M4P projects.