Welcome to the WEESA (Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Asia) Community of Practice!
WEESA is a knowledge community designed with the goal of strengthening the linkages between evidence and action by curating evidence on “what works,” amplifying local voices and knowledge, and enhancing local capacity on women’s economic empowerment in the region through small grants for local organizations and researchers.
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. Working under the auspices of the World Bank’s Chief Economist Office for South Asia and the Federation of Gender Innovation Labs, SAR GIL generates new evidence through impact evaluations and inferential research; disseminates evidence-based solutions to research and policy audiences; and works with operational teams at the World Bank and beyond to promote the use of gender-sensitive interventions in projects and programs.
WEESA is supported by the South Asia Trade Facilitation Program (SARTFP) and implemented by the South Asia Gender Innovation Lab. SARTFP is a trust fund administered by the World Bank with financial contribution from the Government of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.