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New publication: Rural Women and Empowerment Topic Guide

The Rural Women and Empowerment Topic Guide is now published and available at:

It was prepared through the Evidence on Demand information hub (http://www.evidenceondemand.info/homepage.aspx) for DFID livelihood officers, but can be a resource for a wider audience working in rural areas.  There are 5 sections and links to further gender related resources
1.       Empowerment – overview and debates
2.       Supporting empowerment at the policy and programming levels
3.       Waged work and social protection and empowerment
4.       Entrepreneurship, value chains and empowerment
5.       Monitoring, evaluating and assessing impact.

Other Guides on topics such as climate, environment and livelihoods are also available at: http://www.evidenceondemand.info/list-of-topic-guides

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Resource: DFID launches discussion forum on women’s economic empowerment

DFID has launched an online discussion forum on women’s economic empowerment to draw together leading academics and practitioners and provide an exciting platform for discussion and debate. Continue reading

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News: Deputy Prime Minister Outlines Vision for International Development,

Press Release, UK Department for International Development, July 27

A pledge to put women at the “front and centre” of aid with a new emphasis on girls’ education and family planning is a key element of a new reform plan to achieve the Coalition Government’s objectives on international development, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.


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Consultation: DFID reproductive, maternal and newborn health

DfID has launched an open consultation on reproductive, maternal and newborn health to inform their future work in this area. Improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the developing world is a major priority for the British government. DfID would like to hear from people in the UK and around the world – to help them understand different viewpoints, how the issues might vary between countries, and how DfID could work better with partners. Visit www.dfid.gov.uk/choiceforwomen to participate in the discussions.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2 DFID Programs (1) Future of Aid and Beyond, (2) New and Emerging Technologies

The DFID Research Strategy 2008–2013 recognised a key role for research was to help anticipate and respond to future trends and technology that will impact on the lives of poor people. To take this agenda forward DFID is now establishing two new research programmes, the Future of Aid and Beyond and New and Emerging Technologies.

More information.

Deadline: July 12, 2010