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Evidence-based studies in selected OACPS countries

Women's Economic Empowerment
Overview The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) comprises a group of countries with very different economic profiles, ranging from fast growing economies to a significant number of least developed countries. Even those regions or countries that in the past years had experienced sustainable economic growth, are met with challenges regarding increasing poverty […]

Training guide gender auditing – Malawi

Women's Economic Empowerment
Accompanying the ICReport Learnings from the gender audit – Malawi is our training guide for facilitators planning to deliver training for businesses, HR professionals and individuals interested in developing gender-sensitive workplaces. Gender inequality has a negative economic impact on workplaces. It can lead to high levels of staff turnover, absenteeism and it can affect profits. […]
This ICReport is based on the Gender Audit in the Workplace Report – Malawi which the ICR Facility produced as part of technical assistance to the Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM). It aims to highlight the key learnings from this ICR Facility intervention which will be useful to other countries, organisations and consultants that […]
Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) matters – it is essential for unlocking the full potential of societies and driving inclusive, sustainable development. By creating an enabling environment that supports women as entrepreneurs, employees, investees and participants in Public Private Dialogues (PPDs), we harness the power of women as catalysts for positive change in societies and economies […]


This report discusses potential business environment reforms (BER) that present opportunities for advancing youth employment across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The ACP countries face a significant challenge in this regard, and policymakers play a crucial role in crafting a business environment that actively supports youth employment. The report offers four broad business environment […]
In 2022, we published a blog post recounting a field study conducted in the Bugesera and Rulindo regions of Rwanda. Our ICR intervention aimed to interact with producers and stakeholders from fifteen agroforestry value chains to assess the business environment of these and gain insights to further develop them. Through this intervention, we partnered with […]
Register for our upcoming event here 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 […]
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 […]
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