Our work with Women in Business

The economic empowerment of women is increasingly seen as one of the most important forces behind economic growth and the fight against poverty. We are recognised leaders in providing fresh thinking on issues women entrepreneurs face and in setting out clear tools for promoting gender-sensitive investment climate reforms.

We work closely with governments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank (WB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to support the implementation of gender-sensitive investment climate reforms. We have worked in Asia, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific, to analyse the gender dimensions of investment climates, design and facilitate the implementation of recommendations to integrate gender into reform programmes, and develop gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Examples of our work include:

  • A study to better understand how legislation, and the way it is applied, affects women’s access to credit and their economic empowerment in Morocco and the Kyrgyz Republic (EBRD, 2013).
  • Innovative thinking and practical advice to address common issues facing women entrepreneurs around the world (such as business entry, taxation, trade logistics, secured lending, alternative dispute resolution and special economic zones), which resulted in a contribution to the IFC’s Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform publication (co-authored by LDP director Clare Manuel; IFC, 2010).
  • Detailed programmes and tools for the IFC Sydney Office to integrate gender within its on-going investment climate reform programme in the six Pacific states of Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu (IFC, 2009).

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