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Africa Centre for Gender, Social Research and Impact Assessment;
The "Win-Win for Gender, Agriculture and Nutrition: Testing a Gender-Transformative Approach from Asia in Africa" is a project aimed at establishing a comparison between a gender-transformative model to achieve gender equality (the "EKATA" model), and a gender-mainstreamed approach in the agriculture sector ("Gender-Light model"), in which basic activities around gender are integrated into a program whose principle focus and measures of success are women's economic empowerment through agriculture and micro-enterprise development.The qualitative research is using in-depth interviews and Focus Group Discussions(FGDs) of a subset of women and their spouses who are participating in the program. For the in-depth interviews, 30 people (22 women and their spouses) were selected and are followed every year to document different pathways to empowerment. They were randomly selected from a strata of all women interviewed at baseline to reflect different social economic and marital status. On the other hand, 106 people (45 men and 61 women) participated in a total of ten FGDs.Data was collected on gender division of labour, decision making in the household, control over income, ownership of assets, nutrition, production, general life satisfaction, empowerment, autonomy, leadership and collective action, couple conflict and gender based violence and men's care giving practices.
The Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Program (GEWEP) II was implemented over four years from March 2016 through February 2020. GEWEP II worked with and for poor women and girls in some of the world's most fragile states: Burundi, DRC, Mali, Myanmar, Niger and Rwanda. By the end of the program period, GEWEP IIreached more than 1 161 869women and girls, mainly through Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs). Norad has supported VSLAs since they were first piloted by CARE in Niger in 1991. Since then, Norad has supported over 49 722 groups encompassing more than 1 150 625 women. This includes GEWEP II and previous programming, which GEWEP II builds on. During GEWEP II, more than 16 070 new groups were established. This is a key method for providing financial services to poor women and girls, and an important contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9, which all mention access to financial services.This report includes results on outcome and output level, of which the outcome level results were presented in detail in the GEWEP II Result Report submitted in May 2019. The table below summarizes the results at outcome level, for the global indicators that were collected across all program countries. These indicators were collected at the population level in the intervention zones. Overall, there has been positive change in the perception and attitude to women's economic, political and social empowerment in the intervention zones. On a national level, there has been positive changes in legislation, but implementation remains a challenge. A few indicators saw negative change. In Burundi, the percentage of women who state they are able to influence decisions went down from baseline, although it is still high at 88%. In Niger, the patriarchy remains strong, but despite challenges in changing men's attitudes, women have reported increased participation and social inclusion. The indicator focusing on women's sole decision-making saw little progress as the program worked more towards joint decision making.
Women's World Banking;
This document presents an annual report of Women's World Banking, which works with their network and their clients to understand their financial needs, look for new market opportunities to meet those needs, develop tools and programs that support financial institutions to better serve low-income women, beta test financial products and services tailored to meet women's needs, and apply learning from beta tests to bring these products to scale.
International Rescue Committee;
This document presents the International Rescue Committee seeking to determine what is the most effective way to support women's empowerment in conflict-affected settings. Drawing on extensive field experience, the IRC designed a program in Burundi that actively involved both women and men in an economic program and a discussion series around household finances. IRC's EA$E (Economic And Social Empowerment for women) program ultimately aims to increase women's decision-making in the home and decrease intimate partner violence (IPV). The IRC partnered with Professor Radha Iyengar from the London School of Economics to rigorously examine if adding a discussion series for couples was more effective in increasing decision-making and reducing violence, rather than just an economic program on its own.
Alliance for Financial Inclusion;
This document presents a CaseStudy on suing national survey data to formulate a financial inclusion strategy. Driven by the need to provide better data, BRB launched the country's first national-level financial inclusion survey projectfunded by AFI. The goalwas to establish a baseline to inform policy decisions aimed at deepening the level of financial inclusion in Burundi. Moreover, collecting comprehensive financial inclusion data was seen as one of the steps that the BRB planned to take in its journey towards the establishment of a national financial inclusion strategy in Burundi.
This document presents women's empowerment indicators in northern Burundi. CARE's first attempt to determine empowerment indicators was completed at the same time as the Umwizero (A Positive Future for Women in Burundi) program baseline study. The indicators did not reflect the local context - they were generic indicators that might reflect some global socio-cultural context. The meaning of "empowerment" can change depending on context and the standard empowerment indicators that CARE uses are not always applicable to every community. Thus CARE Burundi began a study of men and women's perceptions and definitions of empowerment within the local context of the Umwizero program, which would serve to define behavior that is likely to reflect the situation or state of mind of the empowered woman and to establish behavioral change indicators and baseline data for the Umwizero program.
This document examines the contribution of microfinance institutions (MFIs) on the performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the empowerment of women in Burundi. Its overall objective is to analyze the impact of the services of MFIs on SMEs and women's empowerment. Several specific objectives were formulated and analyses were guided by two assumptions: MFIs are the main source of funding for MFIs one hand, and they are a lever of empowerment of women. The study uses in its methodological aspect a combination of statistical approaches. The study focused on three targets: the IMF on the supply side, SMEs and Beneficiaries of ECCS on the demand side.
Adolescent Girls' Advocacy and Leadership Initiative;
This document presents research, which investigates economic empowerment strategies for adolescent girls, analyzing data from a wide array of initiatives. It focuses on the three primary strategies used to promote adolescent girls' economic empowerment: (1) Financial Services Strategies, which include microcredit, youth savings initiatives, and financial literacy education; (2) Employment Strategies, which include vocational training and initiatives focusing on the school-to-work transition; and (3) Life-Skills and Social Support Strategies, which include creating social networks and providing reproductive health and gender equity training. The report identifies key findings from the field and develops recommendations to inform future program development for civil society organizations and funders working in the field of adolescent girls' economic empowerment.
The Girl Effect;
This article presents the girl effect and its movement. It's about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. It's about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources. Here on girleffect.org you'll find the information and tools you need to unleash the girl effect. You'll discover case studies that show the girl effect in action, plus toolkits, images, videos and insights documents to download and use in your own work. And this is just the start. ?Take our content. Use it. Share it. Join the movement. Change the world. (Example of resources on site: Presentation on "Empowering Girls with Economic Assets" -- http://www.girleffect.org/explore/empowering-girls-with-economic-assets/deck-empowering-girls-with-the-right-assets)
The International Land Coalition (ILC);
This document presents securng womens land rights and learning from successful experiences in Rwanda and Burundi. One of the best ways to learn is to experience: this allows people to see, touch, and "taste" new approaches, knowledge, and methodologies, which can then be shared and applied elsewhere. This is what a "Learning Route" aims to do, and this was the aim of the "Innovative Tools and Approaches to Secure Women's Land Rights" Learning Route, which took place in Rwanda and Burundi on 4-11 February 2014. The intention was to learn from the experiences of diverse organisations working to promote women's land rights. Those participating in the Learning Route, the ruteros, were 16 women and men working for civil society organisations (CSOs) and government programmes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, ranging in age from those in their 20s just starting out to those in their 50s with decades of experience. Together, they visited three CaseStudy projects, one in Rwanda and two in Burundi, to learn about tools and approaches used to secure women's land rights and to question the implementing organisations, local leaders, and women and men from local communities to better understand how these worked in practice.