As part of a broader initiative by ISID and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the GrOW Research Series (GRS) brings together scholarly research on women's economic empowerment and economic growth in low-income countries. Through the dissemination of working papers, policy briefs and other original scholarship, the GRS website serves as an online, open access platform to showcase current research with a view to promoting evidence-based policy-making.
The GRS is also the official, though not exclusive, research platform for the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program, a multi-funder partnership between the UK Government's Department for International Development, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC. With 14 projects in 50 countries, the GrOW program works with researchers to improve economic outcomes and opportunities for poor women on the themes of employment, the care economy, and women's economic agency. Each of these 14 projects is generating new data on different dimensions of women's economic empowerment, and the GRS website serves as a host, or repository, for this global body of evidence.
Officially launched in May 2017, the GRS has seen considerable success circulating working papers and policy briefs on a variety of topics, from the role of gender in artisanal and small-scale mining, to the impact of economic reforms on gender equality in China. All the works published this past summer showcased the results and recommendations of research funded by the GrOW program. This includes working papers from two McGill-led GrOW studies, one on improving child care options to promote maternal employment outcomes in Nairobi slums, and another on the influence of affordable daycare on women's empowerment in India.
Starting this Fall, the GRS is accepting paper submissions from authors outside of the GrOW program! We invite manuscript submissions on a variety of topics related to women's economic empowerment and economic growth. Submissions must be well-written and concisely formulated, and should be of interest to researchers and policy makers. Those who are interested can visit the “Submit Papers” page on our website for more information.
An additional and exciting feature of the GRS is our bi-monthly research bulletin, which features current news, research, interviews, and discussion pieces on women's empowerment written by Canadian development scholars and practitioners. Our latest issue (September 2017) includes a feature piece by Wanda Bedard, founder and president of the Montreal-based 60 million girls foundation, outlining her organization's approach to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. Also featured in this issue is an interview with Dr. Rebecca Tiessen and Dr. Stephan Barayni on the process and motivation behind their new edited collection, Obligations and Omissions: Canada's Ambiguous Actions on Gender Equality (2017), and a review of insights generated from a one-day conference on the 'Global Need for Formal Childcare,' hosted by the Centre on Population Dynamics at McGill. This is just the beginning for the GRS. Keep an eye on our website to learn about upcoming research, news, and events!