Women’s empowerment and nutrition:what does the evidence tell us?

Women’s empowerment and nutrition:what does the evidence tell us?

Development programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and improving nutrition often consider women’s empowerment as an effective way to achieve impact. However, while nutrition outcomes are often measured, effects on women’s empowerment are not always evaluated. This brief considers three interventions – cash transfers, agricultural interventions, and microfinance programmes – and reflects on evidence of their impact on women’s empowerment, health- and nutrition-related behaviours, and fi nal outcomes. While women’s empowerment generally enables women to make better choices that can result in changes in behaviours, other intermediating factors may dilute impact on final outcomes. There is hence considerable room for further research on pathways of impact and the various conditions that may inflence programme impacts.

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