Welcome to WEESA’s Community of Practice!
WEESA is a virtual knowledge-sharing platform that aims to promote and facilitate regional exchange, dialogue, and capacity building on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and strengthen linkages between evidence and action. Members are researchers, policymakers, development practitioners, and other stakeholders interested in how to expand and accelerate WEE and gender equality in South Asia. Launched in January 2022, our community is expanding and attracts members who work outside of and within the World Bank.
WEESA envisions a South Asia where women have equal economic opportunities, access to resources and assets, and decision-making power. To advance this vision, WEESA offers a repository of curated WEE-related resources, organizes regular webinars and events, and occasionally provides support for innovative research studies and pilot initiatives to eligible individuals and organizations in South Asia.
WEESA is hosted by the World Bank’s South Asia Region Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL), a programmatic Advisory Services and Analytics activity that promotes evidence-based solutions for addressing gender gaps in South Asia. Support is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality (UFGE) and the South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program (SARTFP).