Request for evaluations of economic empowerment of women and girls interventions

Dear colleagues

I work for the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Evaluation Department, which has commissioned a review of evaluations relating to the economic empowerment of women and girls. The main objective is to support improved capacity to undertake quality evaluations in this programmatic area by reviewing the trends, gaps in evaluation activity, as well as the strengths and weaknesses, appropriateness and execution of the methods used.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Social Development Direct (SDD) have been commissioned to undertake this piece of work.

In order to enable a comprehensive review of evaluations in this area, we would be very grateful if you could help us by sending any relevant published and unpublished documents relating to evaluations your organisation has commissioned or conducted (including ToR, inception reports, approach papers, finalised reports etc) of economic empowerment of women and girls programmes OR evaluations which include a measurement of economic empowerment of women and girls as an outcome/impact.  Please send all evaluations to Paola Pereznieto, the project manager at ODI: and cc Harri Lee ( by Sunday 9th June.

Please also let me know if you'd like to hear more about the review.

Thank you and best wishes,


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Comment by Vahista Dastoor on July 3, 2013 at 7:14

Hi Harri, and all others commenting on this post,

I recently visited an NGO working on economic and social rural development - they are very aware of the huge gender gap in their interventions, and hope to give this a big push in the coming years. I'd be happy to know what emerges in your review. In fact, if any of you can point me to sources where I can look at practical approaches that have worked or reasons why they've not worked - that would be great. 

Shipra, which scheme are you referring to? 

Comment by Meera Shenoy on June 10, 2013 at 9:04

Hi Harri,

I have worked in the field of economic empowerment of girl youth and the Indian School of Business did a  study of the work

Would definetly like to know more about the review and join a discussion,if any 

Comment by Shipra Jha on June 8, 2013 at 7:23

Hi Harri,

Great to hear about your project.

I am working on the evaluation of a government of India scheme for economically empowering women.

Will be happy to share with you the concept note which I will email to you.

Thank you !!


Comment by Pramod Sharma on June 8, 2013 at 6:42

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on June 7, 2013 at 15:38

Hi Harri,

We at ISST have recently finished a meta-evaluation of evaluations of projects on women economic empowerment. I would be eager to share and exchange the methodology, challenges and use of evaluation findings. I am happy to connect on Skype. Have a great weekend.



Comment by Shraddha Chigateri on June 7, 2013 at 14:03

Dear Harri

Yours sounds like an interesting project- would be interested in knowing more about it. I work with the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) which facilitates this online platform. You can contact me at shraddha[at] 

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