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Care economy is an integral part of Business Environment Reforms (BER). It is central to advance Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). In its broad definition, the term care economy encompasses labour and services that support caregiving in all its forms. It includes both unpaid and paid care work, for instance childcare and breastfeeding, care for the […]
Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) have a key role to play in promoting gender responsive finance and women’s economic empowerment (WEE). While the initiatives of multilateral banks are well-documented and communicated via events and publications, visibility of the efforts of national and sub-regional DFIs on this topic is low. Gender finance is not commonly highlighted on their websites […]

Annual Report 2021-2022

Annual Report
Business Regulation and Policy
This Progress Report reflects the progress on the activities of the ICR Facility achieved until August 2022, with a particular focus on the period 1 September 2021–31 August 2022. The ICR Facility is implemented through three Output Areas. In Output Area 1  Implementation of demand-based interventions was in full swing throughout the year. High numbers […]
Legal, Administrative And Policy Reforms To Access Finance And Manage Businesses Executive Summary: Business creation and business revenue growth is a crucial engine of economic growth and job creation. Investing in women is not only a moral imperative; it is good business. Taking action now to advance gender equality can add $13 trillion to global Gross Domestic Product […]
Executive Summary: This report focuses on how to support the creation, growth and sustainability of women’s business associations (WBA) and women’s chapters in chambers of commerce. Secondly, it shows how these women’s organizations can positively promote women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and thus sustainable economic growth in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries by advocating for their needs […]
Business Environment Reforms To Promote Equal Opportunities For Women In The Labour Market: Evidence From ACP Countries Executive Summary Women are more likely to be unemployed, be economically inactive, work in the informal sector, and to have temporary or more precarious employment than men. A mix of social norms, time scarcity – in particular due to unpaid care […]

Investment Climate Reform Toolbox

Business Regulation and Policy
Tools for Reforming the Business Environment The ICR Toolbox is written for policy-makers and the business membership organisations in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and beyond, and is designed to respond to common challenges faced by those working to develop a business environment for a thriving, inclusive, and sustainable private sector. It includes straightforward, […]
On financing and capital markets, women are worse-off than men. Women have less access to finance, assets and collateral. Additionally, the world is faced with an unprecedented climate crisis, with disasters increasing in their severity, frequency and unpredictability. To achieve a gender-equal and ecological transformation of economies, Public Development Banks (PDBs) come into play. PDBs […]
Development finance institutions across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific can play an important role in supporting women entrepreneurs to realise their ambitions. A new analysis highlights a range of ideas to enable them to increase their activities to support this key market segment.

Opportunities for Kigali’s Women Informal Workers

ICR Story
Women's Economic Empowerment
Official figures show that nearly half of all Kigali women of working-age were in work, compared to two thirds of men. Working women, however, face many challenges, including limited schooling and the need to combine paid work with child-care. The majority of women work informally without social protection or a regular income.
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