Gender Practice Area

Creating economic opportunities

This practice addresses gaps and barriers for women and men in specific value chains, including gendered division of labor, equity in pay, access to financial services, access to technology or inputs, and market linkages. Beyond value chains, other avenues for income generation are explored, including entrepreneurship and other women-led economic initiatives. Gender-related research in this practice may include value chain analysis to understand gender roles and inequities. Approaches include identifying and promoting alternative sources of income, helping create community-based savings and loans for women, or addressing obstacles for growth through capacity building, engaging industry leaders, creating market linkages, and advocating for more equitable policies.