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16 Apr 2018 description

When the G20 leaders meet in November to discuss pressing global issues, it is imperative that they take action to address the needs of people living in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. This paper contains the recommendations of the G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (U.S.), a group of 54 non-governmental organizations.

These recommendations are broken down in this paper by sector:

10 Apr 2018 description

Issue Overview

“Women’s economic empowerment” has become a buzzword in global development policy, with oft-touted benefits ranging from reduced poverty and inequality to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Yet the meaning of the phrase is often unclear or it is used as shorthand for increased earnings and economic status. But economic empowerment is much more than this; it is a concept that seeks greater access to economic resources and institutions but that also fosters increased agency and decision-making over these resources and institutions.

29 Nov 2017 description

Sarah Gammage, Aslihan Kes, Liliane Winograd, Naziha Sultana, Sara Hiller, and Shelby Bourgault

1. Introduction

28 Jun 2017 description

Une analyse des conséquences économiques du mariage des enfants aux plans de la fécondité, de l’éducation, de l’emploi et de la santé

28 Jun 2017 description

Child Marriage Will Cost Developing Countries Trillions of Dollars by 2030, Says World Bank/ICRW Report


The new report finds that ending child marriage:

  • Would have a large positive effect on the educational attainment of girls and their children and increase women’s expected earnings and household welfare;

  • Lead to substantial reductions in population growth over time;

  • Reduce rates of under-five mortality and delayed physical development due to a lack of appropriate nutrition.

05 Mar 2015 description

2 March 2015: To most of us, the belief that our children should have to worry about violence at school is unthinkable. Parents should be able to trust that their kids’ schools are safe, and that an environment of learning should be devoid of violence.

Yet according to evidence being released this week from Plan International and the International Centre for Research on Women, violence is distressingly commonplace within schools in Asia.

14 Mar 2014 description

Family Care International (FCI), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration 2014

Across the developing world, a woman dies every two minutes from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Improving maternal health is widely acknowledged as a global public health priority and an urgent social justice and human rights issue. However, Kenya and other developing countries, continue to have a high maternal mortality ratio despite commitment from the government to address the issue.

11 Oct 2013 description

In 2009, ICRW published Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development as the fourth report of the Girls Count report series. Four years later, researchers supported by the Nike Foundation asked more than 500 girls from 14 countries to share their insights and perspectives with global decision-makers. This report synthesizes girls’ voices from around the world and argues that girls’ insights are crucial to designing effective global development policies.

03 Oct 2013 description

by Anjala Kanesathasan, Krista Jacobs, Margo Young, Adithi Shetty

Over the past decade there has been growing recognition of the contribution that women make to agricultural production around the world. Despite this attention, many agricultural programs struggle to capture the difference—or the ‘gender effect’—that gender integration makes on key outputs and outcomes.

16 Apr 2013 description

Programs designed to enhance smallholder productivity must go beyond a focus on technical agricultural issues to address the underlying gender-related norms, priorities and constraints that may prevent women farmers from reaching their full potential. This technical brief highlights promising approaches in reaching women based on the experiences of two projects working with farmers in Mbeya, Tanzania: TechnoServe's Coffee Initiative and Faida Mali's Soil Health Project.

13 Feb 2013 description

ACF International, Save the Children, Helen Keller International, International Medical Corps, Valid International, Concern and the International Center for Research on Women call on the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, to support further involvement of WHO in the preparation of the International Conference on Nutrition +21. Twenty one year after the first major international event on nutrition, this event should be considered as a unique opportunity to reaffirm the critical role of the health sector in the fight against undernutrition.

09 Jan 2013 description

Women and girls between the ages of 15-24 are the population most vulnerable to HIV – double the infection rates among young men. The International Center for Research on Women, as a member of the HIV/AIDS research & advocacy consortium, STRIVE, is working to find solutions that will bring down HIV infection rates among women – and especially young women and adolescent girls who are worst-affected.

This infographic was created by our GOODMaker Challenge winner, Deirdre Mahon.

21 Nov 2012 description

Ellen Weiss, Stella Mukasa, Mary Ellsberg, Naeemah Abrahams, Shanaaz Mathews, Lori Michau, Jean Kemitare, and Margo Young 2012

04 Apr 2012 description

Understanding and Addressing Gender Barriers

Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Allison McGonagle, Anju Malhotra 2012

30 Sep 2010 description

Hundreds of thousands of women die every year in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes. Virtually all of these maternal deaths occur in poor countries. In order to reduce maternal deaths and improve the overall life chances of poor mothers, policy and programs must address poverty and gender inequality, two inter-related, root causes of maternal death.

01 Jul 2010 description

Girls have a fundamental right to be heard, valued and respected. Moreover, by listening to girls' voices, policymakers and program managers can help bridge the gaps between girls' aspirations and their actual experiences. In this report, the authors outline six themes that arise from girls' aspirations, including the desire to be healthy and educated with viable livelihoods and career opportunities, financial security and independence; and to marry and have children at the appropriate time.

01 Apr 2010 description

This paper reviews current thinking and practice on increasing agricultural productivity, both subsistence and commercial agriculture, and examines what is known about women's roles in both sectors.

01 Aug 2006 description

HIV/AIDS-related stigma has long been recognized as a crucial barrier to the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and AIDS. Yet not enough is being done to combat it. One reason has been a lack of information: How do we define stigma? Can stigma be measured? Another reason has been the assumption by development practitioners that stigma is too tied to culture, too context-specific and too linked to taboo subjects like sex to be effectively addressed. Action also has been impeded by a lack of tools and tested interventions.

01 Dec 2003 description

Millions of young girls in the developing world are married when they are still children, and as a result are denied the ordinary experiences that young people elsewhere take for granted: schooling, good health, economic opportunities, and friendship with peers. Despite national laws and international agreements forbidding early marriage, gender roles and marriage systems in many countries dictate the practice, through which girls are deprived of basic rights and subjected to discrimination and health risks.