While several companies have invested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs aimed at empowering women in their own value chain and in their broader consumer/client communities, a report in 2014 from the International Center for Research on Women, Dalberg, and Witter Ventures found that only three of the 31 corporate-funded women’s economic empowerment programs included in the analysis completed a full, rigorous impact evaluation.

π‘Ύπ’Šπ’•π’‰π’π’–π’• π’†π’—π’‚π’π’–π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ π’”π’•π’“π’‚π’•π’†π’ˆπ’Šπ’†π’” 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔 π’ƒπ’–π’Šπ’π’• π’Šπ’π’•π’ π’‘π’“π’π’ˆπ’“π’‚π’Ž π’…π’†π’”π’Šπ’ˆπ’ π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ π’“π’Šπ’ˆπ’π’“π’π’–π’” π’Žπ’†π’‚π’”π’–π’“π’†π’Žπ’†π’π’• 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒂 π’„π’π’π’π’†π’„π’•π’Šπ’π’, π’„π’π’Žπ’‘π’‚π’π’Šπ’†π’” 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’π’„π’Šπ’‚π’ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’†π’„π’π’π’π’Žπ’Šπ’„ π’Šπ’Žπ’‘π’‚π’„π’• 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’π’Žπ’†π’ π’˜π’‰π’ π’‘π’‚π’“π’•π’Šπ’„π’Šπ’‘π’‚π’•π’†, π’•π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ π’‡π’‚π’Žπ’Šπ’π’Šπ’†π’” 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’„π’π’Žπ’Žπ’–π’π’Šπ’•π’Šπ’†π’”, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝑢𝑰 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’ƒπ’–π’”π’Šπ’π’†π’”π’”π’†π’” π’•π’‰π’†π’Žπ’”π’†π’π’—π’†π’”. There has been increasing concern in the international development community that some of these globally reaching CSR programs are not designed to make long-term meaningful headway on women’s empowerment, but rather satisfied with surface-level and short-term fixes. Instituting a comprehensive measurement and evaluation plan is an essential first step to understanding economic empowerment program’s impact and to give meaningful impact to the significant investments that many of these companies are contributing.

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