Women’s Work, Entrepreneurship, and Skilling (WWES) Initiative

In response to the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, IPA launched the Women’s Work, Entrepreneurship, and Skilling Initiative (WWES) as part of RECOVR (Research for Effective COVID-19 Responses). The WWES Initiative combines data collection efforts, research projects, and policy work, focusing on two key themes: (1) women's work, entrepreneurship and time use and (2) youth skilling and school-to-work transitions. Our Request for Proposals will support piloting, data collection, analysis, dissemination, and policy engagement activities.

Path-to-Scale Research Initiative

On Entrepreneurship and Business Growth

In this new initiative, we seek to build on what we have learned so far by recognizing the contribution of innovators and supporting effective solutions in their path to scale. The vast majority of impact evaluations of business development interventions to date have been at the “proof of concept” stage. However, if we want these solutions to affect thousands—or millions—of people, we need more rigorous evaluations that can validate and adapt the original ideas to different contexts and eventually bring them to scale. This initiative aims to develop a consolidation research agenda to start moving innovative ideas from a proof-of-concept stage to having a more widespread impact at scale.