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Economic Development resources
Read our latest research on ways to move women out of poverty and into confidence.
Building a Stronger Future: Economic Development Evaluation Highlights, 2009-2014
This highlights report summarizes the results of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Economic Development program evaluation from 2009-2014. During this five-year cycle, the Foundation invested about $6 million in an economic development strategy that aimed to help women living on low incomes to build sustainable livelihoods. Much of this investment went into 10 women-centred programs across Canada that reached more than 3,000 women. During this 5-year cycle, the Foundation also invested in two Aboriginal Partnership Grants. This report summarizes the Foundation’s approach, findings, successes, and learnings from all of these funded programs.
Beyond Survival: Helping Women Transition out of Poverty
This report presents the results of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Collaborative Fund. The Collaborative Fund was a five-year $4.8 million program that provided financial and technical support to ten community programs across Canada that helped low-income women transition out of poverty and build a sustainable livelihood. This report explains our approach, describes our research process, summarizes our findings, and analyzes the key lessons for practitioners, and the and implications for funders and policy-makers.
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Sustainable livelihoods backgrounder
The stages of transformation to sustainable livelihoods
The sustainable livelihoods framework
Map of expected outcomes
Learning and evaluation framework
Baseline data - All participants
Charting participant progress
Generic grantee work plan
Instructions and questions - Interview 1
Baseline data - Portrait participants
Instructions and questions - Interview 2
Economic Development Environmental Scan, November 2007
This report, prepared for our Economic Development Planning Committee, summarizes trends that affect women’s economic development and presents statistics related to poverty and income, the labour market, government policies and demographics.
From Poverty to Empowerment
This report, prepared for Canadian Women's Foundation and Canadian Women's Community Economic Development Council, explores the roles, needs, strengths, challenges and achievements of Community Economic Development programs and services for women in Canada.
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Inventory (Microsoft Access Database File)
A practical learning guide for community economic development practitioners.
Women in Transition Out of Poverty: A guide to effective practice in promoting sustainable livelihoods through enterprise development.
A practitioner’s guide to effective practice in achieving sustainable livelihoods through enterprise development.
A Consortium of Firsts
An overview of the Women and Economic Development Consortium, a unique grant-making partnership led by the Canadian Women's Foundation, which resulted in the investment of over $2 million nationally to increase the participation of women in the economy.
Our experience bringing together a group of donor partners to make collaborative grants through the Women and Economic Development Consortium.