This paper aims to initiate and support a process for developing recommendations and guidance for better addressing women’s economic empowerment in M4P projects and programmes. It includes a concept of an analytical framework for doing so.
The paper first describes the M4P framework; follows with a review of gender and women’s economic empowerment literature and frameworks; presents an analysis of the M4P approach from a gendered perspective; and suggests ways that the M4P approach can tackle and provide evidence of women’s economic empowerment.
The paper was the first in a series of activities, that formed part of a multi-donor (DFID, SDC, Sida) effort to strengthen the M4P framework, and to lead dialogue and consensus building on how to prioritise and operationalise women’s economic empowerment within the M4P framework. A subsequent M4P WEE framework was developed based on this paper.