Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women

Women around the world increasingly participate in economic activities, but they continue to face significant challenges in pursuing better paid, productive jobs, and in accumulating assets.

These include deeply rooted restrictive social norms that limit their choices and access to opportunities, and the lack of recognition and value given to their dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners.

There is a lack of knowledge about how best to overcome many of these challenges. The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program aims to fill that gap, providing evidence that can inform social and economic policies to improve poor women’s lives, while promoting economic growth.

This CA$17.5 million, 5-year program launched in June 2013 aims to generate new knowledge about women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries.

GrOW works with research teams to strengthen research capacities, and promote research use by decision-makers.

The GrOW project portfolio funds 14 research projects in 50 countries around the world.


The UK Department for International Development

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation