USAID LENS Gender Strategy 2015

Tags: Gender Business support services Micro enterprises Economic growth and development

The USAID LENS Gender Strategy enables the project to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in its two areas of technical competence: micro and small enterprise support and development and local economic development. The document brings into focus USAID LENS’ commitments to women’s economic empowerment expressed in the project A-MEP. These drive the achievement of intermediate and sub-intermediate results put forth in the USAID/Jordan Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Direct Objective 1 and Special Development Objective. It demonstrates their relationship to the 2012 USAID Policy on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment.The strategy also establishes a set of principles according to which the project will pursue its WEE-related goals and objectives. It identifies key challenges to the project’s ability to effectively contribute to women’s economic empowerment, while identifying the main mechanisms for addressing these challenges and achieving goals and objectives. Finally, the strategy identifies an accountability framework that integrates all USAID LENS personnel and sub-contractors into the achievement of WEE goals and objectives.

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