United Nations Foundation   |  
Type: Research Report
Topic: Women/Gender
Country: Global
The report summarizes the findings of 18 research efforts commissioned specifically for this project across four categories of employment – entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women’s employment. Some conducted new data analysis while others reviewed the existing evidence. The commissions analyzed effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the programs when this information was available. “Some of the commissioned studies conducted new data analyses while others reviewed existing evidence – analyzing available evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of programs. The project includes a total of 136 published empirical evaluations.” The research shows that programs must be tailored to the needs of women clients and the context in which they live. Many of the programs identified are simple, cost effective and scalable, with the potential to benefit a significant number of women.