Addressing the evidence gap

Addressing the evidence gap

Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) will address key evidence gaps by generating and synthesizing rigorous research on women's economic empowerment, gender equality, and growth in low-income countries. It will also stimulate innovative partnerships to ensure that robust evidence helps shape policies and programs to deliver better development outcomes for women, economies, and societies. The program will bring together top researchers from around the world to work collaboratively in addressing critical knowledge gaps.

Library Resource
This paper was commissioned by DFID and IDRC with a view to locating the growing concern with women’s economic empowerment within its growth research... read more
Jan 3, 2012 | Naila Kabeer | Report
Lack of solid evidence on what works and what does not work to remove barriers in different lowincome contexts hampers efforts to enhance women’s... read more
Aug 19, 2013 | Heather Risley

Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW), a 5-year research program, aims to generate new evidence on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries. The program is jointly supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

With a focus on low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the program will produce high-quality evidence on three sets of inter-related questions:

  1. What are the nature and magnitude of barriers to women’s economic empowerment and to closing gender gaps in earnings and productivity? How can these barriers be overcome?
  2. How do specific patterns of economic growth and types of structural change affect women’s economic empowerment and gender equality?
  3. How do women's economic empowerment and gender equality affect economic growth?

Themes 1 and 2 will be explored through innovative new research projects, developed through a competitive call for Outline Proposals, launched on July 25, 2013. 

Theme 3 will be addressed through a series of commissioned papers (Evidence Synthesis) analyzing the best-available evidence. A separate call on this theme will be launched soon.


 For more information, read the Call for Outline Research Proposals.

To apply, please complete and submit the online application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read a background paper by Naila Kabeer, as well as two IDRC literature reviews: Women's Economic Empowerment and Economic Growth, and Women and the Care Economy. 

Deadline: October 25, 2013 at 4:59 EDT (Ottawa time)

Questions? Please contact