Pathways to Gender-Inclusive Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Sectoral Analysis – Country Summary Report

November 7, 2023
By The Pathways Study Steering Committee comprises: (a) International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG), which is the research arm of the United States Overseas Cooperative Development Council (U.S. OCDC), (b) United States Agency for International Development (USAID), (c) Mastercard Foundation, (d) International Development Research Centre (IDRC), (e) United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), (f) the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), which is a specialised unit within the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and (g) Euromonitor International.

The multi-partner, “Pathways to Gender-Inclusive Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Sectoral Analysis” study encompasses 13 countries including: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Through a combination of primary and secondary research, the study identifies the growing economic sectors in each country that hold the most promising and lucrative opportunities for women, especially young women. The study also reviews the cultural norms, policies, legal provisions, skillsets, and other factors that can support women’s success in the workforce and as entrepreneurs in those growing sectors, including the positive potential role for cooperatives.

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