Despite strong economic growth, Nigeria currently ranks 133 out of 149 in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index. To inform steps to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, Policy Development Facility Phase II commissioned a desk review of research examining the links between women’s participation in economic activity and economic growth globally, and how this is relevant to Nigeria. This policy brief provides a context for the recommendations emerging from the review.
Promoting gender equality will boost Nigeria’s economy
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This event report summarises a dialogue to discuss women’s participation in Nigeria’s economic growth and address challenges to their empowerment.
This study conducted by PDF with support from FCDO (formerly DFID) shows that women who engaged in cross border trade contribute to food security by trading food products from areas of surplus to areas of deficit. The paper reveals that depending on how this trade is organized, these women have the potential to contribute significantly to household earnings and resources. This empowers women by giving them financial independence and control of their own resources.
This literature review provides a global context for the links between women’s participation in economic activity and economic growth, and recommendations to overcome key challenges to the economic empowerment of women in Nigeria.
Study to Maximise Women’s Participation and Chances of Success in Youth Enterprise with Innovation (YouWiN!) Business Plan Competition Programme
This is a study carried out to provide the management of YouWiN with an improved approach they can adopt to encourage women’s participation in the business plan competition. It was conducted in 2012 with the support of FCDO (formerly DFID). Based on the findings and lessons from the study, recommendations were made for consideration by the management of the YouWiN programme to increase the number of women participating, winning grants and running sustainable businesses under the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria Programme (YouWiN!)