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USAID Women's Economic Empowerment and Equality Assessment Report

April 18, 2016

Although many gender gaps have narrowed in recent decades, substantial inequalities remain. In 2012, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy and launched a new era of gender work at the agency. To better support the next generation of women’s economic empowerment and equality programming, FHI 360 partnered with USAID to conduct this 2016 assessment. It provides an overview of both USAID-funded and externally funded programs and activities supporting women’s economic empowerment and equality (WE3). Some of the reviewed USAID programs are primarily aimed at achieving WE3, while others target economic development and related technical areas, such as global health, climate change, environment and education.

The evaluation provides USAID staff in the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with an understanding of how implementing partners are prioritizing WE3 and implementing the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. It also highlights programmatic strengths and challenges that can advise future efforts to meet policy goals.

View the assessment here.