International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
ICRW's mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.
Capacity Building, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research
Technologies & Fuels
Clean Cooking Activities
We are currently working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to create a set of indicators and methodologies for measuring the diverse social impacts of clean cooking and fuel initiatives at both the global and local program levels. Building on GACC's previous explorations of how clean cooking and clean fuel initiatives can advance women's equality and help alleviate poverty, this project will focus on social impacts as they relate to gender and livelihoods. Global-level measurement will enable the Alliance to understand the types and magnitude of social impact being achieved world-wide in order to tell a story about how clean-cooking and fuel initiatives are creating social change across contexts and settings. At the local level, individual clean cooking and fuel enterprises will be able to use new measurement systems to document setting-specific social impact, which will motivate them to adjust their business models or practices to maximize these benefits.
ICRW hopes to work with the Alliance and members within the Alliance to both provide assistance in integrating gender into clean cooking solutions and to help develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks. ICRW has extensive experience working with partners in various sectors to understand how they can better integrate gender into their programs and then how to measure the impact of those programs. ICRW is well-equipped to provide this assistance due to its vast experience creating measurement frameworks and conducting capacity building with local partners.
Specifically, over years of research and vetting through various projects, ICRW has developed a framework and example indicators to measure women's economic empowerment. Within this framework, we specifically look at increases in women's power and agency, as well as economic well-being. We have applied these methodologies to measure the impact that programs working with female entrepreneurs such as solar lantern sales agents, jewelry artisans, agro-dealers, and business owners have on women's economic empowerment.
Not only does ICRW bring many of the needed skills to complete such an endeavor, but the proposed project also provides a valuable opportunity for ICRW and GACC to enter into a strategic partnership. For the Alliance, it is strategic to involve a globally-recognized organization that specializes in gender research to lead the development of its social impact M&E system. Similarly, ICRW's partnership with GACC will help it develop its expertise in the clean energy sector and apply this expertise to many future projects. Women are integrally involved in the clean cooking and fuels sector, yet there is little evidence on how women experience financial gains and economic empowerment through manufacturing, selling, and consuming cookstoves and clean fuels. ICRW would like to become more involved in the sector over time and be a part of long-term studies that will explore how women engage and benefit from the clean cooking and fuel technologies.
Regions Operating In
Northern America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
1120 20th St NW
Suite 500 North
Washington, DC 20006
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Ms. Allie Glinski
Title: Gender & Development Specialist
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