Policymakers around the world have recognized the important role women play in promoting stable, healthy, and economically prosperous communities. Yet women, especially young women and girls, are often among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in poor countries. IPA's research in this area examines programs that work to keep girls in school, improve health, create income opportunities, and increase women’s empowerment at home and in their communities.

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There are an estimated 411 million mobile money accounts worldwide, allowing even the poor in remote areas to send and receive money at low cost.

Researchers in Côte d’Ivoire evaluate an economic empowerment and gender dialogue program on domestic violence
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Intimate partner violence is a pervasive health and human rights concern, but relatively little is known about how to reduce gender-based violence in conflict-affected settings.

Ugandan women in the IPA WINGS program
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What’s holding back impoverished women? Can small grants programs help the most vulnerable women develop sustainable livelihoods?