Investing in women’s issues can yield strong value-for-money, often outperforming other sectors in both immediate and long-term impacts. The diversity of programming in this arena means that we can now afford to think more critically around the quality of empowerment that programs are able to cultivate within their participants and more broadly, within entire communities.

The reports below point to critical efforts being made within the gender paradigm, showcasing how eliminating gender-based violence and child marriage, as well as enhancing family planning and maternal health, present the strongest cost-benefit ratios in terms of closing the gender gap, and improving the economic outcomes of less developed communities as a whole.