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.

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.

Ugandan women in the IPA WINGS program

What’s holding back impoverished women? Can small grants programs help the most vulnerable women develop sustainable livelihoods?

As girls pass through adolescence, a number of factors influence whether they complete secondary school, avoid teenage pregnancy, and develop the life skills, attitudes, behaviors and...