Investing in women's groups: A portfolio evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's investments in South Asia and Africa
The Evidence Consortium on Women's Groups (ECWG) is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to address evidence gaps on how groups and collectives can contribute to achieving women's empowerment and well-being, and to understand their implementation models and cost-effectiveness. To consolidate learnings and inform ongoing and new investments, the ECWG reviewed a selection of 46 foundation investments featuring women's groups, made between 2005 and 2017. This research brief provides an overview of the ECWG's portfolio evaluation findings, identifies evidence gaps, and recommends ways to improve future investments and evaluations of women's groups and collectives.
Anderson, C.L., Thomas de Hoop, Sapna Desai, Garima Siwach, A. Meysonnat, R. Gupta, N. Haroon, M. Howlett, N. Kolla, A. Sidhu, Sohini Paul, Yulia Belyakova, and R.S. Singh. 2020. "Investing in women’s groups: A portfolio evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investments in South Asia and Africa," Research brief. Evidence Consortium on Women's Groups.