Regional integration, improving women’s economic situation, and transformation of gender relations in West Africa

This project aims to document the impact of trade between member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union on their economic development, the economic situation of women, and the dynamics of relationships between men and women within the household. After identifying the main goods, production sectors, and commercialization networks affected by regional trade, the research team will document the respective role of women and men to determine the relative distribution of economic benefits between the two groups.

In particular, the team will examine whether women's participation allows them to significantly increase their income while strengthening their bargaining power within the household. The team will also analyze regional policies and strategies that may explain the expansion of regional trade to determine whether those policies and/or strategies explicitly incorporate gender-related provisions. The evidence generated will inform recommendations on ways to maximize the benefits of regional trade for women through proper mainstreaming of gender considerations into policies and strategies promoting regional integration.

This project is being implemented by the Groupe de recherche et d’analyse appliquées pour le développement, a Burkina Faso-based independent non-profit organization focusing on coaching, training, and research in sustainable development and green economy, employment, and rural development and education.

Project ID


Project status



36 months

IDRC Officer

Flaubert Mbiekop

Total funding

CA$ 534,600


Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo


Employment and Growth

Project Leader



Groupe de recherche et d’analyse appliquées pour le développement

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Institution Website