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  • Project

    Inclusive international trade: Assisting female-led firms in export development

    While many lower- and middle-income countries aim to grow and diversify their exports, enabling small- and medium-sized firms to export and enter global value chains remains a key challenge. This is particularly true for female-led firms. These only make up 5-10% of all firms in the MENA region and overall less than 20% in other parts of the Global South. So far, there...

    22 Nov 2021 | Amira Bouziri, Teo Firpo, Fabian Scheifele, Florian Munch

  • Event

    COVID-19 vs the ultra-poor graduation approach: Evidence from Bangladesh

    https://youtu.be/toqyRSgUfZk You can also listen to the audio event recording here (audio begins at 6.20): IGC Admin · COVID-19 vs the ultra-poor graduation approach: Evidence from Bangladesh   The poorest and the most vulnerable households in low-income countries have been hit hardest by COVID-19. In Bangladesh, an additional 22.9% of the population fell below...

    10 November 2021

  • Blog post

    India’s rising unpaid care crisis: Prioritising social protection investments for inclusive economic growth

    With India performing dismally in the domain of care work, and the pandemic having worsened the care crisis due to school and child care centre closures, along with mounting domestic work, it is imperative for policy responses to recognise and address the disproportionate burden of care on women. Low female labour force participation rates are a direct manifestation of this...

    11 Oct 2021 | Namrata Saraogi

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Gender, social change, and urbanisation in North India

    In the coming years, India will seek to reap the benefits of a demographic dividend that will maximise the growth potential of its economy. However, this potential dividend will likely be squandered if half of the country’s population—namely women—face continued steep barriers to social and economic empowerment. This study examines how gender, urbanisation, and...

    16 Aug 2021 | Neelanjan Sircar, Milan Vaishnav

  • Blog post

    Women and work: How much does measurement matter?

    Female labour force participation in India has been on the decline – dropping from an already low 29% in 2004-05 to 17% in 2017-18. However, the extent of women’s economic participation depends on how it is measured, and who is doing the measuring. In this context, this article uses survey data from four north Indian urban clusters, to demonstrate the role of instrument...

    20 May 2021 | Milan Vaishnav

  • Blog post

    Leaders and citizens: Women’s political participation in India

    Women’s political participation has emerged as a key element of the discourse around the upcoming state elections in India. In this post, Nalini Gulati and Ella Spencer explore the evidence on various aspects of women’s political engagement in the country – representation in government, women as political leaders, and women as active citizens. According to the WEF...

    31 Mar 2021 | Nalini Gulati, Ella Spencer

  • Blog post

    Building back better: Fostering gender equality in Bangladeshi readymade garment industry

    Post-COVID-19 recovery in one of Bangladesh’s largest industries could lead to increased inclusivity thanks to external market pressures.  Editor's note: This blog is part of our International Women's Day campaign and contains findings from this IGC project. In Bangladesh, inclusive and resilient employment generation has received considerable policy focus as a...

    30 Mar 2021 | Farria Naeem

  • Blog post

    Women's employment during the pandemic in Ghana: A tale of vulnerability and resilience

    Women have traditionally been more vulnerable in the labour market, more underrepresented and the nature of their employment less secure. While the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it hit women's employment the hardest, they were also the more resilient and rebounded much faster than men. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s...

    29 Mar 2021 | James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

  • Blog post

    Barriers faced by women in labour market participation: Evidence from Pakistan

    Data from a job-matching service in Pakistan reveals differences in how men and women search for jobs, and lends insight into the barriers women face in labour market participation. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day campaign and is based on this IGC project. At 22%, Pakistan has one of the lowest female labour force participation...

    23 Mar 2021 | Sarah Xu, Vaishali Jain , Harmalah Khan , Katherine Vyborny

  • Blog post

    The pandemic’s gendered impact on livelihoods and wellbeing: Evidence from India

    A survey of over 700 households from India’s National Capital Region finds that women report bearing a greater burden of pandemic-induced mental stress relative to men, with potentially lasting effects on their well-being and productivity. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day campaign and is based on this IGC project. In the...

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy