Women’s economic empowerment in emergency contexts – Niger: A Case Study

This report, based on research into CARE humanitarian interventions in Niger, analyses whether community-led savings groups and income-generation activities can represent a way not only to respond to crises, but also to increase women’s economic empowerment, even in highly fluid contexts.

The report analyses the impact of CARE’s humanitarian interventions in Niger, which targeted women through the establishment of savings and loan groups, income-generation activities and cash distributions. Looking at these activities in two regions of Niger affected by food insecurity, displacement and conflict, the report assesses the extent to which women’s economic empowerment is achievable in fragile settings, and whether certain interventions can deliver a level of women’s economic empowerment in addition to humanitarian outcomes. The report concludes that savings groups have been used effectively in Niger to build resilience to shocks and increase protection within crises, not least through women’s greater empowerment, paving the way for development programming that delivers for women and girls.

The report was authored by Suzy Madigan, Senior Humanitarian Advisor (Gender & Protection) at CARE International UK.

  • Countries: Niger
  • Published: August 2019

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