Women’s voice and leadership in decision-making: Assessing the evidence

Authors:  Pilar Domingo, Rebecca Holmes, Tam O’Neil, Nicola Jones, Kate Bird, Anna Larson, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall and Craig Valters

Publication date: April 2015

The report looks at whether women’s capabilities and actions in different spheres lead them to have more presence and influence within private and public decision-making. Based on a review of over 400 sources, the report is organised around thematic chapters on women’s political participation, social activism, and economic empowerment.

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a groundbreaking tool to measure the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, has celebrated its second anniversary. The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector in an effort to identify ways to overcome those obstacles and constraints.

Filling the learning gap in program implementation using participatory monitoring and evaluation. Lessons from farmer field schools in Zanzibar

Author(s): Elias Zerfu & Sindu W. Kebede
Publication date: 2013

This study is motivated by the idea that even though participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) is widely accepted as a tool to manage development programs to be effective, its application is widely constrained by its high start-up resource requirements in terms of both finance and time. However, this paper argues that after the initial investment is made, the payback from using PM&E is much higher both in terms of grassroots-level learning, empowerment, and capacity building and in terms of higher-level strategic decision making which enhances impact.

Partnerships with People

Author: Department of Trade & Industry, UK et al. 
Publication Date: 2000
Demonstrating how innovative and successful organisations bring the best out of their people to achieve significantly enhanced business performance.

Towards a framework for assessing empowerment

Author: Mosedale, Sarah 
Publication Date: 2003 

When policymakers and practitioners decide that 'empowerment' - usually of women or the poor - is a development goal what do they mean? And how do they determine the extent to which it has been achieved? Despite empowerment having become a widely used term in this context there is no accepted method for measuring and tracking changes.

Some realities behind the rhetoric of downward accountability

Authors: Tina Wallace  & Jennifer Chapman 
Publication Date: 2003 

This working paper explores some of the issues arising from the current way that donors and UK NGOs structure their reporting and accountability requirements, and challenges some of the beliefs about partnership, participation and bottom up development processes.

Measuring Empowerment in Practice: Structuring Analysis and Framing Indicators

Authors: Ruth Alsop and Nina Heinsohn 
Publication Date: 2005 

This paper presents an analytic framework that can be used to measure and monitor empowerment processes and outcomes. The measuring empowerment (ME) framework, rooted in both conceptual discourse and measurement practice, illustrates how to gather data on empowerment and structure its analysis.

Monitoring And Evaluation Aspects Of Capacity Ans Capacity Development

Author: David Watson 
Publication Date: 2005

ECDPM Study on Evaluation Aspects of Capacity and Capacity Development. This paper has been drawn up in preparation of one of several Theme Papers being produced under the auspices of the above study programme.

Insights into participatory video - a handbook for the field

Authors: Nick and Chris Lunch
Publication Date: 2006 

Insight is a UK/France based organisation pioneering the use of Participatory Video as a tool for empowering individuals and communities. Insights Participatory Video methods value local knowledge, build bridges between communities and decision-makers and enable people to develop greater control over their own development and the decisions affecting their lives.