This brief has been prepared for those who would like to read some background material before the March 9 BEAM Exchange webinar on women’s economic empowerment in market systems. The complete paper (and update of the M4P WEE Framework) will be published following the webinar.
It introduces the forthcoming A Women’s Empowerment and Market Systems Framework: concepts, experiences and practical guidance, which is intended as a resource for practitioners, policy makers, donors and other stakeholders. It is both an update of the Discussion Paper for a Making Markets Work for the Poor Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework (the M4P WEE Framework) for those who utilize the earlier resource, and a standalone paper for others who have more recently ventured into the space. But, this paper goes further than the important work of refining concepts, sharing experiences and offering practical advice; it highlights the paradigm shift that must take place in order for market systems development to fully embed women’s empowerment and to create sustainable and equitable systems change.