Economic Growth

Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) is committed to identifying innovative strategies that contribute to building equitable and sustainable economies. The social and gender perspectives we apply to our analysis of markets and firms illuminates the power and governance structures that limit broad-based growth. Our approach considers the situation of men and women in firms, and local and regional markets and explores the institutions involved in shaping the enabling environment.

We aim to provide donors and policymakers with recommendations that support equal opportunity for all to acquire the skills and knowledge to improve the terms and conditions of their work. CP expertise contributes to a better understanding of how trade at different scales provides differing opportunities for men and women and the challenges regional bodies face in strengthening these market systems to the benefit of both men and women. We also use social and gender analysis to determine appropriate livelihood strategies for different populations including adolescent girls and boys.

 

Examples of Our Work

Subjective Measures of Women’s Economic Empowerment

CP co-authored this brief review which finds that initiatives that are collecting data focus on objective measures of WEE (such as productivity, loan amounts, and income) but very few seek to measure women’s own, subjective experiences of economic empowerment quantitatively (such self-esteem, satisfaction with work and life, and stress levels). The latter is an important component, as many women face barriers on the road to entrepreneurship.

Women in Cross-Border Agricultural Trade

Local and regional markets remain important outlets for produce from men and women smallholder farmers and small-scale traders. CP provided technical inputs into this brief that examines the important role women cross-border traders play both in contributing income to their households and in moving goods to local and regional markets.

A Calf, A House, A Business of One’s Own: Microcredit, Asset Accumulation, and Economic Empowerment in GL CRSP projects in Ethiopia and Ghana

Two different models of microfinance programs were initiated in the Global Livestock CRSP activities in East and West Africa. The Pastoral Risk Management (PARIMA) project in Ethiopia worked primarily in pastoral communities while the Enhancing Child Nutrition through Animal Source Food Management (ENAM) project in Ghana conducted its activities with women in settled agricultural communities. In this evaluation, CP documents the impacts of the two projects that emerged at the local level in southern Ethiopia and in three regions of Ghana.