Resilient markets: Strengthening women’s economic empowerment and market systems in fragile settings

Functioning market systems and a responsible and responsive private sector are critical to livelihoods, autonomy and well-being. However, they are both heavily impacted by crisis, and women, who face greater barriers to economic activity than men, are particularly at risk. This briefing paper outlines CARE’s initial thinking on fostering economic empowerment for women and the resilience of market systems in fragile contexts.

The paper draws on aid literature and CARE’s own programming to outline key opportunities for supporting individual and collective women’s economic empowerment, and the resilience of market systems, before, during and after crisis. The paper ends with recommendations for policy thinkers grappling with how to support inclusive and gender-transformative economic development in fragile settings.

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: December 2016

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