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The Experience and Challenges of Women in the SADC Region: The Case of Trade and Agriculture Sectors

The trade and agricultural sectors play a key role in socio-economic development of the SADC region. Across the world evidence suggests that trade is an engine of growth, but agriculture on the other hand remains central to poverty reduction. Women …

The Impact of a Rural Microcredit Scheme Targeting Women on Household Vulnerability and Empowerment: Evidence from South West Nigeria

The rapid expansion of microcredit in recent years is informed by the belief that removal of constraints to credit access facing the poor, particularly women, through microcredit can improve their well-being and ultimately help them out of poverty…

Supporting Business Opportunities for Rural Women in East and Southern Africa: A case study of Uganda

This study examines the characteristics of rural women doing business in Uganda. It analyses the nature of business operations and structural barriers women face thus hindering them from seizing economic opportunities. It is part of a collaborativ…

Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Somali Women in the Post Conflict Socio-Political Arena

Somalia is one of the post conflict societies in the horn of Africa. It has been and still characterized by conflicts occurring at inter-state, intra-state and inter-communal levels. Although conflicts in Somalia affected both men and women, women …

Managing for Gender Equality Results: Empowerment of Women for Equitable Participation in the Oil and Gas Sector

As Africa continues to set policies and frameworks for managing its fast-growing oil and gas industry, it has to ensure equal participation of men and women. Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. In 2010, 16 of the 54 coun…

Women's Participation in Fish Value Chains and Value Chain Governance in Malawi: A Case of Msaka (Lake Malawi) and Kachulu (Lake Chilwa)

This paper helps to fill an important gap that exists in gender responsive fish value chains by analysing the factors that influence women’s participation in fish value chains and value chain governance in Malawi. The study was based on the premise …

Empowering Women and Girls

Women's movements played a critical role in independence and anti-apartheid struggles and have been increasingly visible since the 1990s—speaking out, claiming rights and changing their lives for the better. More and more women are holding public o…

Understanding the Barriers to Girls' and Women's Access to Higher Education in Puntland, Somalia: A Video and Blogging Project

Gender inequality is common in Africa´s educational institutions, where cultural, sociological, economic, psychological, historical and political factors play a part. In Somalia, as in other developing nations, large numbers of girls often drop out …

The Influence of Women Empowerment on Child Nutrition in Rural Nigeria

In Nigeria, the low status of women and inflexible gender gaps contribute to weak dietary diversity and chronic child malnutrition. Child malnutrition is persistent, despite several interventions which fail to capture the need to empower women to im…

Wage Subsidies can Encourage Women's Formal Employment in Zambia

Despite the challenges of running budget deficits and the negative effects that a wage subsidy may have on government revenues, a wage subsidy can result in positive effects in the economy if it is carefully implemented and introduced directly in th…

Evidence-based Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in South Africa: A Case Study of CSVR

"The research findings of this review were used by the CSVR’s Gender-Based Violence Programme to inform and develop evidence-based violence prevention interventions in communities. Over the last decade, South Africa has developed progressive legis…

Empowering Women in Technology: Lessons from a Successful Woman Entrepreneur in Kenya Case Study No 10

"Over the past decade, Africa has experienced significant growth in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This can be attributed to the willingness of African countries to realize the transformational potential of ICTs to boost …

BRICS should Adopt Inclusive Approach to Women

The BRICS bloc has contributed to global governance by establishing multiple platforms that enhance dialogue and cooperation. In 2018 a forum dedicated to the empowerment of women will be added. Where do the BRICS countries stand in terms of gender …

“Empowering Women as Key Leaders in Promoting Community-based Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risks Reduction Initiatives in Niger Delta Region”

This report, therefore, captures the proceedings of a three-day inception workshop of the research project titled “Empowering Women as Key Leaders in Promoting Community-based Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risks Reduction Initiatives in Ni…

Exploring Fintech Solutions for Women

New digital technologies are revolutionizing the financial services industry around the world. Africa has been an innovation hub in this area, due to its rapid adoption of mobile communication networks. How might the explosion of fintech platforms…

The Impact of Cultural, Religious and Legal Factors on Women’s Empowerment through Conditional Cash Transfers

This brief draws from a research report titled “Assessing women empowerment in Tanzania: the case of the Productive Social Safety Net Programme”. The research was funded by the International Development Centre (IDRC) as part of a research programme…

Looking Back, Moving Forward : A Regional Synthesis Report of Beijing +20 Reviews from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Rwanda and Uganda

Four of the twelve thematic areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)is addressed in this report notably, Women and poverty, Women and economy, Violence against women and Women in power and decision-making. The review focuses on the four theme…

Can a Wage Subsidy be Used to Improve Women's Formal Employment in Zambia?

The number of women employed in the Zambian formal sector is small, which has likely played a role in the low level of women’s empowerment in the country. As a result, the government of Zambia is willing to adopt policies that can positively contrib…

Awareness of Climate Change by Rural Women in the Niger Delta Region: Implication for Empowering Women on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives

Climate change is one of the most urgent concerns of our time with widespread implications for the earth’s ecosystems and human development across sectors. Nigeria, like many other African countries, is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate ch…

Social Capital and Women's Empowerment in Kenya: Case Study of Murang'a County

One of the pillars that can bring about empowerment is building social capital and social institutions. This study sought to examine the relationship between social capital and women’s empowerment in Gikindu, Murang’a County, Kenya. Women’s empowerm…

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