Growth in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire: Lessons for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment (GrOW)

Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire are neighbouring countries with similar resource endowments and socio-cultural environments but very different economic development strategies. This project will compare how differences in growth patterns and job creation in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire have affected women's economic empowerment and their roles in society. It will generate evidence for policymakers by identifying the extent to which an enabling institutional and legal environment can strengthen the gains in women's economic empowerment. Led by researchers based in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, the project encourages participation from government officials and civil society organizations so the research findings are relevant for both policymakers and practitioners. This project is part of the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program. This is a five-year, multi-funder partnership with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC. Launched in 2013 with a focus on low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the program aims to support policies and interventions that improve women's economic empowerment. In addition to 10 projects addressing the barriers to women's economic empowerment, GrOW will support a cluster of four projects looking at the intersection of economic growth and women's economic empowerment. This project is among them, selected though a global competitive call.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, July 16, 2015


18 months

IDRC Officer

Flaubert Mbiekop

Total funding

CA$ 336,800


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Ivory Coast, Ghana


Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women

Project Leader

William Baah-Boateng


International Institute for Advanced Studies

Institution Country


Institution Website

Project Leader

Silvère Y. Konan


Centre ivoirien de recherches économiques et sociales

Institution Country

Ivory Coast

Institution Website