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Literature review

Written by Mairi Dupar, Elizabeth Tan

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This report, produced for the Gender Equality in a Low-Carbon World (GLOW) programme reviews the evidence on women's economic empowerment in low-carbon transitions. It identifies the gaps in the evidence base; and recommends how GLOW and other research initiatives and funders may further enrich the evidence, and inform policy and practice.

Initiated by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), GLOW supports projects in different countries to investigate how women’s economic empowerment can be integrated into low-carbon, climate-resilient transitions.

This research report, by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and ODI for GLOW, was commissioned to: establish what evidence already exists on the intersections between women’s economic empowerment and low-carbon transitions and where there are gaps; identify how the GLOW projects are contributing to gaps in the evidence base; and recommend how GLOW and other research initiatives and funders may further enrich evidence on the intersections, and inform policy and practice.

The central questions guiding the study are:

  • To what degree are low-carbon trajectories and women’s economic empowerment integrated in the literature?
  • To what degree are low-carbon development policies and their implementation being linked to women’s economic empowerment in policy and practice? What is the evidence?

This report is geared primarily toward students, academics, researchers and research funders who are interested in where the innovative thinking and practice lies, and how GLOW’s original research will fit into the existing evidence base.

An accompanying policy brief to this report, Women's economic empowerment: the missing piece in low-carbon actions and plans, by M. Dupar and E. Tan (2022) (in English, French, Spanish) contains specific recommendations for government and business leaders on changes they could make to policies and investments.