Making Growth Work for Women in Low-income Countries (GrOW)

Women's economic empowerment can improve if globalization and urbanization lead to greater opportunities for employment. In addition, better living conditions for women, such as access to health care or child care services, can expand women's choices in the labour market. However, depending on laws and social norms, these employment opportunities may be confined to low-wage sectors, thus increasing women's vulnerability. This project aims to support economic policy that can enhance women's empowerment. It will analyze the positive and negative effects of economic growth on women's lives and economic opportunities in nine developing countries. The evidence generated will help decision-makers in low-income countries to amplify the positive effects and mitigate the negative effects of globalization and urbanization. The project will also strengthen the capacity of southern researchers to lead future efforts to improve economic policies. This project is part of the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program. GrOW 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 livelihoods and contribute to social well-being. 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 through a global competitive call.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, July 9, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Madiha Ahmed

Total funding

CA$ 2,166,300


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, North and Central America, South America, United States


Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women

Project Leader

H. Elizabeth Peters

Project Leader

Chad Cadwell


The Urban Institute

Institution Country

United States

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