Leah Katerberg is the director of Cross Cutting Services, where she ensures the overall success and effective support to MEDA on cross cutting issues: Monitoring & Impact Measurement, Gender, Climate Change and Environment. She leads the team in planning and implementing leading edge support services with a focus on the introduction of enhanced/new approaches and the utilization of an appropriate mix of methodologies. Prior to this position, Leah served as an independent consultant for private companies and development organizations, including MEDA. She also served as a program manager at TechnoServe, where she managed a large contract farming value chain project that served close to half a million cotton farmers in Tanzania’s western cotton growing region. Leah worked for MEDA's ISS team from 2009 to 2012 as a Program Manager in Evaluation and Environmental Assessment.

Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment: Are We Moving the Needle?

To mark International Women’s Day 2017, MEDA is highlighting important issues and voices around women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the area of economic development. This is the fourth in our “Be Bold for Change” blog series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs and their partners around the world.

We all know what gets measured gets done. If we are measuring attendance at a particular training, the training will take place and will likely be well-attended. If we are measuring adoption of a new farming technique, chances are there will be efforts to support farmers in adopting. If we are measuring redemption of equipment discount vouchers, there will be activities in place to distribute the vouchers and disseminate information on the merits of the equipment. When the targeted outcome is women’s economic empowerment, having clear indicators for measurement is equally important, but far more complex. How do we know we are making a real difference in the lives of our female clients? Are we moving the needle?

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