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Webinar: The Role of Increased Income and Women’s Empowerment on Nutrition

The Role of Increased Income and Women’s Empowerment on Nutrition: A Review of Two Feed the Future Activities in Rwanda

Hosted by USAID and SPRING

Webinar April 30, 2015 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT 

Agricultural livelihoods affect nutrition of individual household members through multiple pathways and interactions. This ultimately raises the question – how might these different routes translate into activity implementation? Two Feed the Future activities, the Integrated Improved Livelihoods Program (IILP) and The Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II (RDCP), provide an opportunity to examine alternative approaches to reach the ultimate goal of improving livelihoods and nutritional status.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, April 30, 2015, to unpack how two agricultural livelihoods and food systems investments strive to improve household nutrition. SPRING will highlight their recent study documenting IILP’s and RDCPII’s different approaches to considering and integrating nutrition into their activities and both implementing partners will share some of the key challenges and successes in their work. The USAID | Rwanda Mission will also reflect on lessons learned in the first phase of Feed the Future implementation.

Increasing the positive impact on nutrition from agriculture is now a major area of interest in the international development community. This is not the first time, however, that the topic has arisen. What has been tried in the past? Under what circumstances? What worked, and what did not? What can be learned about past attempts, to inform present efforts?

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Debate: Economics or Politics: Which Drives Women’s Empowerment?

A debate hosted by the National Democratic Institute and Women, Business, and the Law (World Bank)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Room I 2-250, World Bank Group I Building, 1850 I St NW


 RSVP Here 


Irene Khan (Economic Empowerment) is Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The first woman to hold this office, she was elected by Member Parties in November 2011 and took up her position in January 2012 for a term of four years. She is an internationally known expert and activist on human rights and gender issues. From 2001-2009, she served as Secretary General of Amnesty International, where she was the first woman, Asian, and Muslim to head the world’s largest human rights organization. Under her leadership Amnesty launched its first global campaign on women and girls (Stop Violence Against Women). Prior to joining Amnesty International, she worked with the UN High Commissioner High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years including in senior leadership positions at headquarters and various field operations around the world. She is Chancellor of Salford University and a board member of the Charity Commission of England and Wales. She studied law at the University of Manchester, UK and Harvard Law School USA. She is the author of The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, which has been translated into six languages.

Professor Linda Scott (Economic Empowerment) is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is best known for devising the concept of the Double X Economy — which denotes the global economy of women in the developed and developing world and the roles of women not only as consumers but as investors, donors, and workers. She writes a blog called “The Double X Economy” and blogs for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek on gender issues. She is founder of Power Shift, the Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy and serves on the Access to Markets subcommittee of the International Business Women’s Leadership Council of the US State Department. She is currently leading a global initiative to add women’s financial inclusion to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shari Bryan (Political Empowerment) is Vice President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). She served previously as Senior Associate and Regional Director of the Institute’s democratic development programs in Southern and East Africa from 2001-2008 and has overseen the expansion of NDI programs in the region with the establishment of seven permanent offices, which support political, civic, and governance development throughout the continent. She has traveled to and worked in more than 22 countries in Africa, organized election observation missions around the region, and provided training in the skills necessary for political candidates, government officials, and voters to participate in democratic life. She is a guest and commentator for major media and presented papers before a variety of international organizations. Her publications include Money in Politics A Study of Party Financing Practices in 22 Countries and Transparency and Accountability in Africa’s Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature.


Sandra Pepera (Political Empowerment) is a career diplomat and international development professional. Before joining NDI as Director for Gender, Women, and Democracy, she spent 13 years as a senior officer at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), where she led programs in the Caribbean, Rwanda, Burundi, and Sudan. Prior to joining DFID, she spent time in British domestic politics, lectured in political science and international relations at the University of Ghana, and served as a political analyst in the Political Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Her skills include strategy development, political and risk analysis, diplomacy, general management, and corporate governance. Much of her career has been spent working in or on transitional economies, focusing on building resilient and inclusive institutions.She is a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Network, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Global Board Ready Women initiative, and the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Journal for International Affairs.

Joanne Levine (Moderator) is an Emmy Award-winning international journalist and foreign policy expert. She recently became Executive Director of Al Jazeera America.

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Debate on women’s access to finance (April 20, 4:30pm)

The IFC is hosting an interactive debate on women’s access to finance. Ensuring access to capital for women is pivotal if we want to enable all to participate in the financial system–the goal of the 2020 Financial Inclusion agenda. Recipients of the IFC CEO Gender Award will also be recognized.

Register here.

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Panel Discussion: How can entrepreneurship empower poor women?

Vital Voices Global Partnership and American University Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE) are hosting a panel discussion on “How Can Entrepreneurship Empower Poor Women?” on April 15 at 12pm.

Panelists Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender, World Bank, Ritu Sharma, author of Teach a Woman to Fish and Principal, Sharma Solutions, and Marguerite Berger, Vice President for Impact Evaluation and Research, Vital Voices Global Partnership, hope to bring different perspectives on this topic and create a lively discussion.

Please join these three women along with moderator, John Willoughby, Professor, Department of Economics, American University, for this discussion. Light fare will be provided.

Register here.

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Resources from CARE International on integrating gender into climate adaptation

Photo: Milo Mitchell. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

Photo: Milo Mitchell. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

CARE International has several useful resources on integrating gender in adaptation. These resources recognize that the relations between men, women, and youth affect people’s capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Check it out!

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Job opportunity: Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., seeks a full-time, Masters-level Research Associate for its projects on workforce development and postsecondary education. The Research Associate will contribute to IWPR research, technical assistance, and program development related to job training, and college access and success. Current projects include a major new two-year research initiative that will assess whether and how socioeconomic supports and services—such as child care, transportation, case management, and expanded access to public benefits—improve job training and subsequent employment outcomes for women and men. The Research Associate will also contribute to a technical assistance project to help community colleges integrate child care into their bundle of support services, as a part of a national coordinated service delivery effort.

Research Associate Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of IWPR’s program on women, job training, and postsecondary education.
  • Conduct quantitative analysis of large scale datasets, administrative data collection and analysis, survey and interview preparation and administration, and program scans.
  • Contribute to literature reviews, papers and reports, technical assistance materials, fact sheets, and other resources.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and tables, and fact check IWPR written products.
  • Assist the project’s Study Director in coordinating the work of research assistants and other staff.


  • Master’s degree in a social science discipline, such as economics, sociology, public policy, or public administration (or a Bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience).
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience with one or more of the following research methods: program evaluation, survey design, and analysis of large data sets.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in policy issues affecting women.
  • Knowledge of SAS, STATA or SPSS.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

About the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization. Established in 1987, IWPR conducts research on policy issues of critical importance to women and their families, including employment and earnings, work/life issues, poverty and income security, and health, and political participation and engagement. In addition to conducting and disseminating research, IWPR works to build networks among researchers, policy makers, business and labor leaders, and advocates. IWPR’s work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. IWPR works in affiliation with the Public Policy and Public Administration and Women’s Studies programs at the George Washington University.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a resume or CV, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of three references with contact information in a single PDF or Word document to jobs@iwpr.org. Please reference the name of the position in the email subject line.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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Don’t risk your health for nutrition!: Why gender matters for food safety

Selling milk in Ethiopia. Source: ILRI (Flickr Images)

Selling milk in Ethiopia. Source: ILRI (Flickr Images)

Some of the foods that would most enhance nutrition in diets in the developing world are also the riskiest in terms of food safety. Numerous health risks exist along the value chain for livestock and fish products, from production to consumption. In this post on the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog, Sophie Theis (Research Analyst, Poverty, Health, Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute) and Delia Grace (Program Manager, International Livestock Research Institute) relate findings from a recent A4NH/International Livestock Research Institute analysis of 20 livestock and fish value chains in Africa and Asia that reveal how gender differences in value chain participation influence risk exposure. 

Read the post here.


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