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Six new projects that promote women's empowerment in West Africa

February 12, 2021
Six research projects aim to rebuild post-COVID-19 socio-economic systems in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal in a way that allows women to contribute fully. The projects accomplish this by reducing the burden of unpaid domestic work.
A woman carrying a baby on her back sells fish in Yoff, Senegal
Sandro Bozzolo

Selected following an open call for proposals, the projects fall under two themes:

  • technologies and innovations that reduce and redistribute unpaid domestic care work
  • childcare services for different categories of women and opportunities for scaling

Over the next 36 months, these projects will help produce reliable and locally relevant evidence on these themes.

Here is an overview of the six projects:

This cohort of projects is intended to be a continuation of the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) initiative in West Africa. Using a transformative and intersectional approach to action research, it focuses on the status of women as determined by the social norms and power dynamics that shape their choices and opportunities.

These projects in West Africa add to the GrOW – East Africa initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC, which has a broader thematic scope.