The Essentials

Just starting or taking the next steps in your women’s economic empowerment work? Explore the links here for resources to support your efforts. The focus is on global studies, research and materials from a range of organisations and is not intended as an exhaustive list, but lists recent areas of work that have informed the Double X Economy concept.

International Institutions
  • Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparison across regions and income groups and over time.    2014 Index
  • GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) Global Women’s Report offers an in-depth view of women who start and run businesses around the world. This report compares women entrepreneurs and assesses gender differences across regions with geographic and economic development similarities, and individual economies. 2012 Report
  • Women, Business and the Law Report series, published by the World Bank,  measure how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that may affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit and going to court. Key Findings 2014
  • Knowledge Gateway For Women’s Economic Empowerment, facilitated by UN Women, is an open global community for knowledge mobilization, innovation and partnerships for women’s economic empowerment.
Private Sector, Foundations, NGOs
  • Empowering the Third Billion, Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) created the Third Billion index, a ranking of 128 countries worldwide that is based on how effectively leaders are empowering women as economic agents in the marketplace. Empowering the Third Billion: Women and the World of Work in 2012 briefing report
  • Connected Women, a report from Vodafone, on how mobile can support women’s economic and social empowerment, launched in March 2014, was co-authored by Linda Scott, in collaboration with Accenture Sustainability Services and support from the Vodafone Foundation. The report looks at the areas of education, health, safety, work and loneliness. Connected Women report
  • Giving Credit where it is due, a report from Global Sachs Global Markets Institute, published February 2014, on how closing the gap for women-owned SMEs can drive global growth. The research looked at how SME credit affects income per capita growth across countries, taking into account their levels of development and the overall institutional environment.  Giving Credit where it is due report, February 2014
  • Catalyzing  Growth in the Women-Run Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (SMEs): Evaluating the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, is an evaluation by International Center for Research on Women in India to identify early results of the program on women entrepreneurs’ business skills, practices and growth. Evaluation report, ICRW, 2012
  • Women’s  Economic Empowerment: A Roadmap, by United Nations Foundation and ExxonMobil  identifies interventions that are proven, promising or have a high potential to increase productivity and earnings for different groups of women in diverse country contexts. Full report
  • Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Annual Report. The Foundation’s annual report sets out the achievement in their three program approach: enterprise development, mentoring, mobile technology, designed to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges women entrepreneurs face. Annual Report 2013
  • No Ceilings, The Full Participation Project. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces to assess the evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls over the past 20 years. The No Ceilings database includes approximately 850,000 data points on 1,000 indicators across ten categories from 1995-2014 in over 190 countries. No Ceilings Full Participation Report, March 2015.