Economics & Funding of women’s rights

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Watering the leaves, starving the roots: Status of financing of women’s rights organisations

AWID, 2013

This report provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the financial status of women’s organizations around the world. Based on a survey of over 1,100 women’s organizations in every region of the world, the report helps make sense of the rapidly changing funding landscape and makes recommendations for how to mobilize more and better resources for women’s rights.

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New actors, New money, New conversations

AWID, 2014

Investing in women and girls as ‘smart economics’ has become a favoured strategy in development and philanthropy over the past several years, resulting in a host of campaigns and initiatives—including from actors in the private sector that had not previously been seen as “development” players—dedicated to supporting girls and women. AWID’s sought to understand how this trend was impacting women’s organizations.

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Leaders for change: Why support women’s rights organisations?

WomanKind, 2013

This briefing note seeks to increase recognition of the unique and essential roles that women’s
rights organisations and movements play in advancing gender equality and women’s rights around the world. It makes the case for increasing funding to southern women’s rights organisations and explores promising donor practices being used to achieve this aim.

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Small and Growing Businesses: Investing in the Missing Middle for Poverty Alleviation

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), 2012

This working paper summarizes the existing literature on two key questions and charts an agenda for ANDE to facilitate and fund future research on this topic: (i) What kinds of firms employ or engage poor and low income people? (ii) Will these firms help people out of poverty?

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Financial Services for Low-Income Women: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment?

ICRW, 2012

“This report examines the available evidence on the extent to and ways in which financial services have (or have not) contributed to women’s economic empowerment. It seeks to highlight the research gaps and identify priorities for research and practice as guidance for how to effectively invest in creating economic opportunities for women in the financial services sector.”

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How helping women helps business

McKinsey Quarterly, 2010

“Few companies make social investments specifically aimed at empowering women in developing economies, but we believe that supporting this goal is good business and good practice for all companies. In the course of our work, we’ve uncovered a startlingly wide range of ways in which private-sector companies can offer sizeable economic benefits not only to women and their societies but also to the companies themselves.”

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Rethinking how companies address social issues: McKinsey Global Survey results

McKinsey Insights, 2010

“The survey asked senior executives from companies headquartered around the world if and how their companies operate in developing markets, whether they are addressing social issues tied to economic development, and whether any of their development programs focus on women. The survey also asked about whether and how focusing on women has affected profits at these companies and, for companies not focused on women, what might cause them to do so.”

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Applied Womenomics

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014

“How Goldman Sachs deployed a far-reaching, data-driven strategy to further the cause of women’s entrepreneurship.”

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The Rise of Gender Capitalism

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014

“Investing with a gender lens can create financial and social impact by increasing women’s access to capital, promoting workplace equity, and creating products and services that improve the lives of women and girls.”

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