Development of the Project-Level Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI)
Greg Seymour, Hazel Malapit, Elena Martinez, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing, Jessica Heckert
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), United States of America
Although there is growing commitment by agricultural development agencies and project implementers to women's empowerment, both as a goal in itself and as a way to improve development outcomes, there is still no clear understanding of how to include women's empowerment indicators in assessing agricultural development projects. Without such indicators, there is no way to know which types of project or project implementation strategies work to empower women and which do not. A recently available standardised survey-based tool, the women's empowerment in agriculture index (WEAI), has been widely-used to measure and understand women's empowerment and inclusion in the agricultural sector. However, the WEAI includes indicators that may not be relevant for all projects and excludes others that would be useful for monitoring project impacts. Allowing for flexibility in integrating project-specific questions into the WEAI framework will provide projects with more detailed and useful information for project design, monitoring and evaluation, while retaining both multi-dimensionality to capture indirect and unintended impacts and comparability across projects.
Keywords: Agriculture, gender, measurement, women's empowerment
Contact Address: Greg Seymour, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Environment and Production Technology Division, 1201 I St NW, 20005 Washington, United States of America, e-mail: g.seymourcgiar.org