International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) was created in 1976 to
fill gaps in understanding the complex realities of women's lives and their role
in development. Since then, ICRW has focused on improving women's status by
connecting insight and action. ICRW:
- conducts research and analysis that offer true insight into issues that affect
- translates research into policy and action options, advocating and building
support for policies by informing experts, leaders and policymakers of our
findings and experience.
- helps organizations base their decisions in reality, and provide guidance and
"actionable insight" to strengthen their programs.
- works with women and communities, partnering with other organizations to bring
about social change.
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advanced
UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and
technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's
empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights
at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on four
strategic areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty, (2) ending violence against
women, (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and (4)
achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as
INSTRAW is the only United Nations entity mandated at the international level to
promote and undertake research and training programs to contribute to the
advancement of women and gender equality worldwide. By stimulating and assisting
the efforts of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental
organizations, INSTRAW plays a critical role in advancing the global agenda of
gender equality, development and peace. INSTRAW is funded entirely through
voluntary contributions from UN Member States and donor agencies; the Institute
does not have a regular UN budget.
Through its Gender Awareness Information and Networking System (GAINS), INSTRAW:
- produces strategic research;
- creates synergies for the production and dissemination of knowledge;
- builds capacity in organizations working towards gender equality; and
showcases best practices and lessons learned on gender issues.
Women’s Edge Coalition
The Women’s Edge Coalition advocates for international economic policies and
human rights that support women worldwide in their actions to end poverty in
their lives, communities and nations.
- represents poor women so that they have a voice in Washington DC that will
result in policies that improve their lives;
- mobilizes American women to help shape U.S. foreign policy so that it empowers
poor women worldwide;
- educates and influences U.S. policymakers to increase economic opportunities
for poor women and their families; and
- proposes and promotes concrete policy solutions to shape U.S. international
assistance and trade programs most beneficial for poor women.
The mission of ACCION International is to give people the tools they need to
work their way out of poverty. By providing "micro" loans and business training
to poor women and men who start their own businesses, ACCION's partner lending
organizations help people work their own way up the economic ladder, with
dignity and pride. With capital, people can grow their own businesses. They can
earn enough to afford basics like running water, better food and schooling for
their children. In a world where three billion people live on less than $2 a
day, it is not enough to help 1,000 or even 100,000 individuals. Our goal is to
bring microfinance to tens of millions of people - enough to truly change the
world. We know that there will never be enough donations to do this. That's why
ACCION has created an anti-poverty strategy that is permanent and
Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world -
empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.
The Microfinance Gateway is the most comprehensive online resource for the
microfinance industry. It includes research and publications, specialized
resource centers, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest news,
events, and job opportunities in microfinance.
Women Vision International
Founded in 1993, Women Vision is a not-for-profit organization that works with
indigenous agencies to aid impoverished women and children around the world.
Training and microloans administered locally provide powerful tools for ending
poverty by helping women become economically self-sufficient. Women Vision has
provided to over 32,000 women in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and
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