Gender Equality

View the recording of our May 2022 webinar, Women's Groups in South Asia: Landscape, Impact, and the Future.

Gender equality is critical for improving lives both because of its intrinsic value and because it can contribute to improving economic and health outcomes. However, women and girls in low-and middle-income countries continue to fall behind because of societal and structural barriers that limit their education, employment, and health opportunities.

We conduct research and evaluations and provide technical assistance to improve gender equality by working with communities, and development agencies.

Our Work

AIR’s work focuses on strengthening, expanding, and disseminating the global evidence base on how to improve gender equality.  This includes generating and synthesizing evidence on the impact, cost-effectiveness, and scalability of women’s groups in India, Nigeria, and Uganda, as well as examining the impact of cash transfers on women’s empowerment in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, AIR conducts research and provides technical assistance on girls’ education. Recent examples of work include the following:

In addition to these specific projects, AIR implements a gender-sensitive approach across its international work, which allows it to go beyond measuring women’s empowerment and including analyses on gender relations and social norms. To achieve this objective, AIR has laid out components of a gender-sensitive approach to various steps in the life cycle of research, evaluation, and technical assistance. This includes the use of a gender balanced team, the consideration of gender implications within the research questions, and the design of research, evaluation, and technical assistance in a gender-sensitive manner, including quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments, and gender-focused data analysis.

Garima Siwach
Principal Economist
Image of Thomas de Hoop
Managing Economist and Program Area Lead, Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition