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Feminist economics summer school and community of practice in Africa

With a focus on Africa, this project seeks to strengthen women’s leadership, influence and participation in economics and economic policymaking, including on issues of climate action. It will do so through three inter-related activities: a feminist economics summer school targeted to African researchers, policymakers and practitioners; building a feminist economics community of practice for peer learning and advocacy; and supporting the translation of feminist economic analysis into policy or tools for mobilization through action collaboration.

The project will help remedy institutional marginalization of gender and feminist approaches in the field of economics and the capacity deficit for integrating feminist economic analysis and women's voices in climate policies in Africa. Expected outcomes are training up to 60 African researchers, policymakers and practitioners to feminist approaches and analysis in economic policy, with a particular focus on climate action; setting up and nurturing an African community of practice on gender and climate change; developing a toolkit on gendered climate analysis; and producing briefs, factsheets, educational curricula and other related outputs to guide the integration of gender analysis in economic policy processes more broadly and in climate action in particular.

The project will be led by the Institute for Economic Justice, based in Johannesburg. This economic policy think tank supports rigorous economic analysis designed to equip policymakers and the public with progressive policy options to combat poverty and inequality in Africa.

Project ID
Project Status
24 months
IDRC Officer
Martha Melesse
Total Funding
CA$ 466,800.00
North of Sahara
South of Sahara
Institution Country
South Africa
Institute For Economic Justice