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for Expressions of Interest: Seeking organizations and teams with
projects in Africa designed to improve economic opportunities for
men and women
Gender Innovation Lab of the World Bank’s Africa Region
8 July 2013 (5pm US Eastern Daylight Time)
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If your organization
or team has been wanting to do – or to have someone else do
– a rigorous impact evaluation of your work, and/or develop
gender innovative programming, this opportunity is for you.
This request for expressions
of interest (EOIs) is for organizations and project teams who would
like to work with the Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) on impact evaluations
of their projects.
Our focus is exclusively
on Sub-Saharan Africa, and is also exclusively on programs that
aim to increase women’s, or men and women’s, agricultural
productivity, entrepreneurship, employment, and economic voice and
With financial support
from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), GIL
is issuing this call for Expressions of Interest to identify and
select up to 14 project teams. Selected project teams will work
with GIL’s impact evaluation and gender experts, and outside
researchers, to design and carry out an impact evaluation of their
project and to develop gender innovative programming; receive financial
support for all or part of the impact evaluation’s data collection
costs; and will have the opportunity to apply for a small amount
of funding to support the implementation of an innovative intervention
targeting gender issues.
In partnership with units
across the World Bank, aid agencies and donors, governments, non-governmental
organizations, private sector firms, and researchers, GIL carries
out rigorous impact evaluations and designs gender-innovative interventions
in the areas of agricultural productivity, entrepreneurship, employment,
and economic empowerment, in Africa. GIL aims to build the evidence
base on how to close the gender gap in earnings, productivity, assets,
property rights, and agency.
GIL’s aim is to
increase take-up of effective policies and programs that can address
the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa. GIL aims to
do this by producing and delivering a new body of evidence on what
does and does not work in promoting gender equality, to decision-makers
in both governments and the private sector. This new evidence will
deepen capacity for gender-informed policy-making, and will help
guide investments and policymaking towards supporting effective
programs and policies that promote women’s economic and social
The existing body of
evidence, synthesized in the 2012 World Bank’s World Development
Report (WDR), which focused on gender and equality, does a good
job of laying out women’s underlying and primary constraints.
Following on this, the next step is to develop and test practical
interventions and policy solutions for alleviating these constraints.
This will involve tweaking existing interventions to enhance their
effectiveness, testing whether interventions successful in one setting
are similarly successful when replicated in a new setting, establishing
the comparative cost effectiveness of competing interventions, and,
when needed, coming up with new interventions. GIL’s work
places a particular focus on the underlying causes of “sticky”
domains of gender inequality that persist even in the presence of
economic growth, including constraints in the domains of markets,
institutions, and households, which limit women’s achievement
in terms of economic opportunities, agency, and endowments.
All GIL impact evaluations
are collaborations between project teams that have a project they
would like to test, external researchers who are interested in the
research question, and Lab staff who have significant impact evaluation,
sectoral, regional, and gender expertise. Since its founding, GIL
has undertaken more than 20 impact evaluations.
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