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Women and the Economy : Lessons Learned on Operational Approaches to Women's Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan (Inglês)

This brief presents lessons learned on operational approaches to women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan. It is based on a background study undertaken by the World Bank to support the GoIRA to realize the expansive vision laid out in the WEE-NPP. The study combined a synthesis of previously existing WEE literature in Afghanistan with findings from a large-scale mapping exercise of program implementers across Afghanistan. The mapping exercise, conducted from September through November 2016, involved both qualitative and quantitative data collection with a sample of 64 in-depth interviews and 16 focus group discussions. Interviews were attempted in all 34 provinces by the field team, but due to non-contact, refusals by respondents, and security limitations, the final sample included 21 provinces. Respondents were 18 years or older, male and female, and represented a range of levels across the professional organizations involved, from monitoring and evaluation specialists to directors. The mapping exercise focused predominantly on program implementers in order to impart their concrete understandings of the dos and don’ts for WEE programming in Afghanistan. The mapping exercise strove to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the geographical concentration and spread of women’s economic empowerment programs. However, given the range of constraints that prevented the research from extending into all regions of Afghanistan, it is not possible to definitively determine the full extent of WEE coverage in the country. The complete results from this study are available in the April 2017 report, mapping and lessons learned from women’s economic empowerment programs in Afghanistan.


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    Lessons Learned on Operational Approaches to Women's Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan

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    economic empowerment of woman; higher level of education; data collection and analysis; Board of Executive Directors; literacy and numeracy; access to finance; number of women; economies of scale; support for woman; income generating opportunity; public policy research; direct service provision; access to skill; access to information; lack of resource; life skill training; basic literacy skill; financial service industry; research show; gender statistic; Exit Strategy; social empowerment; donor funding; credit group; financial inclusion; productive activity; confidence building; womens group; market demand; income generation; household earning; focus group; knowledge gap; Vocational Training; traditional credit; agricultural input; Gender Equality; credit provision; business skill; local ownership; social network; cultural norm; womens access; womens cooperative; social support; productive investment; financial challenge; long-term outcome; Cash Transfer; self-help group; market information; extension service; institutional strengthening; legal barrier; open door; labor skills; hire woman; business sustainability; credit opportunities; credit utilization; attitudinal change; economic zone; subsistence production; direct investment; digital economy; high-value product; market linkage; local condition; complementary measure; integrated strategy; remote area; financial product; marketing strategies; business information; female illiteracy; market good; effective initiative; organizational structure; numeracy skill; limited literacy; extreme poverty; productive area; credit service; literature review; legal constraint; financial knowledge; job placement; driven training; religious norms; workplace environment; heavy reliance; poverty status; political participation; trade relationship; provincial authority; effective cooperation; flexible repayment; peer support; effective policies; womens empowerment; long-term commitment; donor support; market access; local actors; entrepreneurial activity; social change; social capital; household environment; social context; access market; regulatory barrier; increased access; employment status; dung cake; geographical concentration; budget constraint; government institution; food product; Technical Training; limited income; inclusive growth; regular monitoring; economic infrastructure; productive opportunities; female borrower; mitigation measure; certification program



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