Commitment to Action

Technologies to Improve Women's Economic Livelihoods

Commitment by

ExxonMobil, International Center for Research on Women, Ashoka Changemakers

In 2009, ExxonMobil partnered with Ashoka's Changemakers and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) to identify and deploy technologies that would enable women in developing countries to participate more fully in income-generating activities

As of April 2011, building on the momentum of the 2009 commitment, a fourth partner- Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab)-joined the commitment. Two teams of MBA students from the TEM Lab have been deployed to Uganda, where they will work with ExxonMobil grantees to help diagnose business problems and identify opportunities for the grantees to strengthen their program effectiveness and impact. Two additional teams of students will be deployed in the summer of 2011 to lend their expertise to additional ExxonMobil grantees in Indonesia and Ghana.

As a result of their increased access to technology, beneficiaries of this commitment are beginning to see new economic opportunities, such as increased crop yields, increased productivity, and business growth. The measurement and evaluation process implemented by ICRW enables grantees to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of their project implementation process and improve their efforts accordingly. This information will inform ExxonMobil's future investments, and can serve as a best practice model for others in this space.

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Commitment

Technologies to Improve Women's Economic Livelihoods

Launched

2009

Est. Duration

2 years

Region

Global

Countries

Global

Commitment by

ExxonMobil, International Center for Research on Women, Ashoka Changemakers

Partner(s)

Kirrin Gill, Karin Hillhouse