IDRC Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW)

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program is jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

GrOW aims to generate new knowledge about women's economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries. The goal: to support policies and interventions that improve women's livelihoods and contribute to societal well-being.

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program is launching a new call for a systematic review of existing evidence of the effects of women’s economic empowerment on economic growth.
Title:  The effects of women's economic empowerment on economic growth
Eligibility: Online applications can be submitted in either English or French.
  • Applicants should have a strong prior record of undertaking and publishing evidence synthesis.
  • Applicants are expected to be familiar with systematic principles and standards such as (a) or (b)
  • All research must be relevant and provide lessons for low-income countries; however, research under this call is not restricted to low-income contexts.
  • Proposed projects are to be undertaken by, or in the case of a research consortium, led by a research-oriented institution with legal corporate registration.
  • Research consortia comprised of multiple institutional partners may apply; however, one partner must be designated as the lead institution and submit the application on behalf of the consortium.
  • More than one application may be submitted per institution if projects are led by different principal investigators
  • United Nations, donor, and multilateral organizations, and members of the consortium of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres are NOT eligible to apply. However, UN organizations and CGIAR centres can be included in applications by other research teams as third party organizations.
  • Applications from individual persons will NOT be accepted.
  • Applications led by principal investigators who are already leads in other GrOW-funded project(s) will NOT be accepted.
  • Research organizations based and/or intending to conduct research in the following countries are NOT eligible for research grants: Cape Verde, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and Somalia.
Duration: The project duration cannot exceed 24 months, including all research activities and final reporting.
Budget total and apportionment: The total budget available for this exercise is up to CA$500,000. A single systematic review addressing the research questions is expected.
Scope: There is evidence that more equal economic participation of women would not only enhance their well-being, but also improve efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness. However, the evidence is far from conclusive and indicates that the relationship between women’s economic empowerment and economic growth is not simple or always positive.
This calls aims to assess whether more equal economic participation of women enhances their well-being as well as the conditions for economic growth. The research will identify the pathways through which women’s economic empowerment affect economic growth. It will also assess the factors that influence this complex relationship.

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