Gender and Assets

The principal goal of this program is to contribute to poverty reduction through policies and interventions that strengthen women’s control over critical assets by:   

  1. identifying the social, economic and institutional factors that facilitate or impede women’s access and control over assets,  
  2. assessing the consequences of the asset gap on development outcomes and exploring returns to reducing or eliminating that gap;   
  3. strengthening methods for measuring men’s and women’s effective access to and control over assets;  
  4. evaluating the effectiveness of various approaches to increase women’s control over assets (including defining the appropriate asset bundle); and  
  5. developing tools for monitoring and evaluating the impact of interventions on asset accumulation and depletion, particularly by poor women.

This project does not limit itself to a narrow definition of assets (i.e. natural, physical and financial capital) but also includes human, social, and political capital in order to allow greater scope for policy interventions and to exploit policy linkages across sectors. This broader definition of assets thus encompasses both tangible assets, such as physical capital, as well as intangible assets, such as human and social capital.