Economic Empowerment Team
The Economic Empowerment Team (formerly named the Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development [SEED] Unit) develops and supports scalable economic development approaches and inclusive business models targeting poverty reduction, by empowering households to increase their income, assets and financial stability.
Our integrated approach has three key focus areas:
- Inclusive Market Systems Development (iMSD)
- Financial Inclusion
- Women's Economic Empowerment
Who we are
The Economic Empowerment Team is a technical team of business and international development specialists with experience in developing commercially viable models that enhance growth opportunities for smallholder farmers, youth, small business owners, entrepreneurs and the market systems they are involved in.
The team has a specific focus on achieving women's economic empowerment throughout its programming approaches. Our work involves the research, design, support, scaling and measurement of effective approaches to economic development in emerging markets, achieving both social and financial outcomes.
Our work spans agricultural value chains and inclusive market systems development (iMSD); financial inclusion for the un- and under-banked; small and medium business/entrepreneur financing and capacity building; and women's economic empowerment.
Our aim is that these approaches are scalable and inclusive of poor women and men, so that they can prosper, make informed decisions about their livelihoods, and better care for themselves and their children.
Read more about our evidence and learning in economic empowerment programs documented in our 2022 meta-analysis impact brief.