This paper highlights the paradigm shift that must take place in order for market systems initiatives to fully embed women's empowerment and to create sustainable and equitable systems change.
Since its publication in early 2012, the original M4P WEE Framework has been adopted by programmes around the world and led to dialogue on how to prioritise and operationlise women's economic empowerment within M4P initiatives. However, much has changed in market systems programming, women's empowerment thinking and the larger development field. This report makes the case for a new framework and the paradigm shift that needs to take place in order for women’s empowerment to be mainstreamed into market systems development.
The report is structured in three chapters that can be used together or referenced separately: