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Making Growth Work for Women in Low-Income Countries (GrOW)

LEAD’s work on project GrOW is part of the program titled, ‘Making growth work for women in low-income countries’. GrOW is a multi-funder partnership with the UK Government’s Department for International Development, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.. LEAD is implementing this project in South Asia as part of a consortium with the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Project GrOW is an exploratory study investigating the effects of environmental degradation and climate change impacts on women’s economic empowerment in 12 selected slums across Lahore, Islamabad, New Delhi, and Dhaka.

This on-going research aims to examine the possibly negative environmental and climatic repercussions of rapid economic growth and urbanization at the household level in slums in the selected cities. The study is analyzing how climate change and environmental degradation impacts might be undermining the quality of life and socio-economic wellbeing of the urban poor living in slums. The research seeks to understand whether women in informal settlements are more vulnerable to such impacts than men.

The preceding research questions are being examined using questionnaire-based household surveys and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), backed by secondary research. To date, up to 1200 male and female respondents have been surveyed from 12 selected slums across Islamabad, Lahore, Delhi, and Dhaka cities. The findings from survey data are being complemented by Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with community leaders from the surveyed slums as well as policymakers such as representatives of city development authorities in each region.

Click here to read a blog post about the project.

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Click here to download the progress report

Click here to download the working paper

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Event: Empowering Women for Growth & Prosperity: From Evidence to Policy

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Video Coverage


Click here to watch Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer, LEAD Pakistan

Click here to watch Gillian Dowie, Program Officer at the Growth and Economics Opportunities for Women program at Canada's International Development Research Centre

Opening Remarks

Click here to watch Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson at the National Commission on the Status of Women Pakistan

Click here to watch Joanna Reid, Head of Department for International Development (DFID), Pakistan

Click here to watch Daniel Joly, Head of Aid, High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan

Panel 1 on 'Putting Women to Work - Human Capital, Growth and Labor Markets.'

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Panel 2 on 'Pathways to Reducing Women's Vulnerability to Climate Shocks and Stressors.'

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Panel 3 on 'The Economic Costs and Solutions to Violence Against Women.'

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Media Coverage

Experts say women more vulnerable to climate change impact - Express Tribune
LEAD holds moot on empowering women for growth - Pakistan Observer
Pakistan lose 30% of GDP due to non-inclusion of women in development agenda: Experts - Online Int'l News Network
Women's participation key to sustainable development - Dawn
South Asia must unite against climate change - DailyTimes
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to watch the media talk show recorded during the event and aired on Waqt News.


Women’s Labour Force Participation in Pakistan - What do Labour Force Statistics Reveal? by Dr. Aliya H. Khan

Has Growth Been Good for Women’s Employment in Pakistan? by Dr. Hadia Majid and Dr. Karin Astrid Siegmann

Digital Transformation and Labor Markets: Where do Women Stand?  by Nighat Dad

Effects of Degraded Environmental Conditions on Women Empowerment in Slums of Four Cities of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan by Hina Lotia

Pathways to Reducing Women’s Vulnerability to Climate Shocks and Stressors by Dr. Yasim Zaidi

Mobility as Empowerment by Dr. Ammar A. Malik

Women's Safety Audit in Public Transport in Lahore by Mumtaz Mughal

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Click here to view the pictures of the event.