Impact Assessment

Cairo Conference Session 1.2: Assessing the Impact of the Business Environment on Women-Owned Businesses (2005)

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 1.2 on 29th November 2005 in Cairo, "The Role of Gender: Assessing the Impact of the Business Environment on Women-Owned Businesses". This Session considered the impact of gender on the business environment. Men and women have differences in the way they experience the business environment and often women face many more problems and constraints in the business environment than men. Because of this, it is important to understand the role of gender; to know how a gender analysis can be applied when assessing the business environment, and to understand some of the common problems women-owned enterprises face in the business environment. This should improve the design of business environment reform programmes and lead to outcomes that are better for women and the poor.

    a) Gender Issues in Reforming the Investment Climate, by Amanda Ellis
    Amanda Ellis is Programme Manager at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC. She reported on the ways in which gender issues affect business environment reforms and described work that has recently been undertaken in Uganda on this topic.

    b) Assessing the impact of enabling environment programmes on gender equality and women's empowerment, by Caroline Pinder
    Caroline Pinder, a consultant and director of WISE Development Ltd. in Manchester, UK, reported on a recent study she had carried out on DFID¿s support for women¿s empowerment in business environment reform programmes. She suggested that issues of gender equity and women¿s empowerment cut across most of the issues to be raised at the conference.

    c) "Engendering" Private Sector Development: A Vietnam Case Study, by Trang Nguyen
    Trang Nguyen is Manager of the Business Enabling Environment Programme in the International Finance Corporation ¿ Mekong Private Sector Development Facility in Hanoi. She presented a case study from Vietnam on the way private sector development can be engendered - focusing specifically on business environment reforms.

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    »Donor Committee Conference: Reforming the Business Environment - from assessing problems to measuring results, Cairo, 29 November to 1 December 2005