WEE-Hewlett_Tanzania For macro-level gender-responsive policy solutions that can promote women’s economic empowerment in Tanzania


PEP recognizes that gender inequality is a major obstacle to development that must be addressed in a mainstreamed manner in the policymaking system for sustainable, systemic and structural change. Indeed, in addition to the policy engagement feature of its research support model, PEP is generally well-positioned to advance the goals of informing gender-sensitive policymaking as a quarter of all (350+) projects supported by PEP since 2002 focus specifically on gender issues, and all PEP projects since 2019 involve gender analysis. Moreover, PEP is already supporting gender-sensitive policy debates and decision-making by requiring project teams to produce gender-sensitive research in collaboration with country stakeholders (see above-cited examples from the proposal annex). As part of this initiative, PEP now aims to take a step further in this direction by working with national governments and local actors to increase focus on practices that may help reduce structural inequality in the policymaking system. This initiative will aim to develop and institutionalize the capacity and processes for (systematic) gender analysis to support more gender-sensitive policy practice and advocacy efforts at the country level in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Tanzania, as a step toward gender equality in these countries. To achieve these goals and ensure the relevance of the research, PEP’s in-country project teams will work closely with various stakeholders. The leaders of the in-country teams will identify the most relevant potential research users from among policymaking institutions and other organizations working to advance women’s economic empowerment who would be able to both support the teams’ research efforts and integrate evidence-informed decision-making into their processes. Indeed, PEP’s model also comprises training and support for all project team members (including stakeholder representatives) in policy engagement and communication of evidence-based policy advice. Each country will have specific policy issues/solutions to be explored/proposed. Following early consultations with relevant stakeholders, the teams have (temporarily) identified some of the key issues and related solutions to be considered. For example, in Burkina Faso and Cameroon, the focus would be on social protection policies for increasing women’s participation in the labour market, i.e., for economic empowerment. In contrast, the team is considering fiscal policy solutions to increase fairness in taxation for women in Tanzania. In all cases, the specific objectives will be determined following more in-depth consultations with all target stakeholders. More specifically: - In Burkina Faso, the team envisages policy solutions to alleviate women’s burden concerning their “unpaid” care duties. The team will work in consultation and collaboration with: the Permanent Office of the National Council for Gender Promotion (SP/CONAP Genre) – Direction of Social Protection (working closely with the structures that are affiliated to the State); the Commission for the Promotion of Women’s Entrepreneurship (COPEF); Burkinabe Coalition for Women’s Rights (CBDF); Diakonia BURKINA; L’OCCITANE. - In Cameroon, the team will focus on two types of policies: one designed to support schooling for young girls, particularly through vocational training focused on skills that are considered “in demand” in the labour market, and another for the protection of women entrepreneurs, both in the formal and informal sector. The team has already engaged in consultations and plans to work closely with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Commission (C-EF) of the Inter-employer Group of Cameroon (GICAM) and the Ministry of Labour and Security. Additionally, the team aims to collaborate with other government institutions (including the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training; Ministry for the Advancement of Women and the Family; and Ministry of Economy and Regional Planning) and other WEE advocates/organizations (including UN WOMEN, Entrepreneurship Development Educational Network in Africa (EDEN AFRICA); NGO FAVIDA; and Horizons Femmes Cameroun) - In Tanzania, where gender inequalities place women in disadvantaged positions in terms of the way taxes are imposed and administered, the team has identified structural issues within the existing tax regime. These assumptions are, of course, temporary, as the evidence will be complemented by experts and relevant authorities’ opinions to be obtained during scenario development. The team will work closely with the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups and will also partner with some of the following WEE advocates/organizations: Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP); Action For Rural Women Empowerment (ARUWE); Dare Women’s Foundation; Women Fund Tanzania Trust; Voice Of Women Organization (VWO); Tanzania Women Empowerment In Action (TAWEA); Gender Action Tanzania (GATA); and Justice and Peace Commission.


Project leader: Asiya Maskaeva

Project researchers: Joel Mmasa | MGENI MSAFIRI | Arbogast Moshi | Helen Sese

Scientific mentors: Véronique Robichaud

Policy outreach mentors: Stephen Wainaina

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