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Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term review and Management response

Summary of publication

Investing in Women (IW) is a 7-year, AUD102 million initiative in Southeast Asia to improve women’s economic participation as employees and entrepreneurs and influence the enabling environment to promote women’s economic empowerment. This is channelled through three Pathways of work: Pathway 1: workplace gender equality; Pathway 2: impact investment for women’s small and medium enterprises; and Pathway 3: influencing gender norms. Investing in Women commenced (Phase 1) in April 2016 with operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

This independent mid-term review covers IW’s progress since the start of its second phase in July 2019 and provides recommendations to assist IW achieve its end of program outcomes by June 2023. The review findings and recommendations are informing the development of a new women’s economic empowerment program in Southeast Asia from 2023.

Reviews of Pathways 1,2 and 3 were undertaken by three different review teams, coordinated by a lead review team. Findings and recommendations have been incorporated into this consolidated review report.

The Australian government agrees with the overall findings that IW is a highly relevant program, likely to meet its end of program outcomes. All recommendations have been either fully or partly accepted.  The management response outlines actions in response to these recommendations.

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