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Building a Roadmap



Business Management Training and Technical Assistance for Female-Owned and -Managed Enterprises

Christopher Woodruff, University of Warwick

Using meta-analysis, this study reviews the recent empirical evidence on business management training and technical assistance programs aimed at improving the productivity and earnings of female owned and/or managed enterprises. The research primarily focuses on micro-enterprises, but also includes programs aimed at larger firms.

Increasing the Productivity and Earnings of Women Producers and Workers in Rural Value Chains: What Works?

Jim Knowles, Independent Consultant

This commission features in-depth reviews of approximately 10 interventions designed to increase rural women’s productivity and earnings in agriculture and non-agriculture activities.  

Impact of Capital and Skills Transfers on Earnings of Very Poor Women

Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Selim Gulesci and Munshi Sulaiman, London School of Economics; Imran Rasul, University College London

This study reviews the findings of an evaluation of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) program which provided large assets and asset-specific training to very poor women. It also reviews recent evidence on the impacts of capital and skills transfers, and concludes with program recommendations to increase the earnings of very poor women.

Subsistence, Transformational and Something in Between

Elisa Gamberoni, Rachel Heath, and Emily Nix, World Bank

This study uses standardized household and enterprise-level data for eight sub-Saharan African countries disaggregated by gender to examine the differing constraints and opportunities that exist for men and women in advancing to the next level of entrepreneurship. The results will include key markers for making entrepreneurial transitions.

The Benefits of Women’s Business Networks

Marguerite Berger, Luis Marquez, and Rebecca Furst-Nichols, Vital Voices Global Partnership

This exploratory study draws on a sample of Vital Voices members (entrepreneurs and corporate women) in Argentina and Nigeria to explore the benefits the women perceive they gain from participating in Vital Voices assisted and other business networks. It also reviews the existing literature on the economic and career benefits of formal professional networks.

The Gender Asset Gap: Women’s Financial Assets

Cheryl Doss, Yale University; Carmen Diana Deere, University of Florida; Abena D. Oduro, University of Ghana; and Hema Swaminathan, IIM, Bangalore

Using recently collected representative data in India, Ghana and Ecuador, this study provides a detailed comparison of women’s and men’s savings in these countries. The analysis includes a description of the types of women who save formally and informally, how assets owned by men and women are acquired, and the extent to which savings are used for asset purchases.

Identifying Research Gaps and Priorities for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Financial Services

Rekha Mehra, Anne Golla, Payal Patel and Adithi Shetty, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

This review of empirical evidence assesses which interventions in the financial sector have succeeded in economically empowering women, and under what conditions. It also identifies gaps in the empirical evidence where new research could add to the understanding of how financial services impact women.