The GEM Framework

MEDA launched the GEM Framework in 2018 as a product of our efforts to advance gender equality, business growth and impact. The manual built on MEDA’s expertise in financial sectors and women’s economic empowerment to create a resource for gender equality mainstreaming in targeted companies.

Although there are other resources for assessing gender in businesses, this manual takes an ‘ESG’ lens, based on a de facto industry standard that incorporates environmental, social and governance criteria into the assessment and upgrading of company performance.

Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW): A multifaceted approach to poverty alleviation at scale

Originally published by Practical Action Publishing


How did the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project reach over 23,000 smallholder farmers in northern Ghana and achieve impact? This case study describes the project’s multifaceted approach to poverty reduction, which combined adaptive management and a comprehensive communications strategy to work toward poverty alleviation at scale. With an initial focus primarily on improved nutrition and food security, the project evolved to include a greater emphasis on women’s economic empowerment and leadership. Group formation was an important strategy for providing services at scale, including increased access to market linkages, agronomic information and practices, and financial services.


Jennifer Denomy, Jennifer Gurbin Harley