The Macro Evaluations’ Database

One Laptop per Child_Najmi Iraq_Education in IraqTo support the two macro evaluations, the evaluation team has compiled a database of all DFID projects relevant to the Empowerment and Accountability policy frame and to the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women policy frame that started after 1 January 2011 or ran until at least 1 January 2013. The database was compiled in Summer 2014 and includes relevant projects approved before them.

There are 529 projects in the database in total:
  • 234 relevant to only the Empowerment and Accountability policy frame
  • 162 relevant to only the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women policy frame
  • 127 relevant to both.

We explain how we have defined the boundaries of the two policy frames below.

Learn about some of the more interesting characteristics of the Empowerment and Accountability project portfolio. Explore the Strategic Vision project portfolioSearch the macro evaluation database directly.

What is in the Database?

The database contains projects classified as relevant to either the Empowerment and Accountability policy frame or the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women policy frame, or both. To be included in the database, the projects had to meet the following inclusion/ exclusion criteria:

  • Have a total budget of £500,000 or over.
  • Be based in one of DFID’s 33 focal countries (including regional programmes in Africa, Asia, Central Asia and the Caribbean) or be a project funded through the Global Poverty Action Fund or through DFID’s Programme Partnership Arrangements.
  • Either start after 1 January 2011 or end after 1 January 2013.
  • Not be a research project, humanitarian intervention or evaluation.
  • Not be core funding to organisations (with the exception of the Programme Partnership Arrangements).


Projects Relevant to the Empowerment and Accountability Policy Frame

For DFID, empowerment and accountability means that ‘Poor people have voice in household, community and political decision making, choice through access to services, economic opportunities and information control over their own lives in more stable, transparent and accountable environments’. To achieve this, interventions must seek to strengthen three core dimensions which facilitate the empowerment of women and men:

    • Social accountability through increased engagement between users of public services and service providers.
    • Political accountability through citizen involvement in political processes and policy cycles.
    • Economic empowerment by lowering barriers, which prevent people from accessing markets and jobs.

See DFID’s Theory of Change for Empowerment and Accountability.

Projects Relevant to the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women 

Launched in 2011 and refreshed in 2013, DFID’s Strategic Vision seeks to empower girls and women, enabling them to have ‘voice, choice and control’:

    • Voice (for girls and women), in decision-making in their household, community and country, in politics, business, the media and civil society, through their participation, leadership and collective action;
    • Choice to complete education and to benefit from paid work and opportunities to make sufficient income; over whether, when and with whom to have sex, marry and/or have children, ending early and forced marriage;
    • Control over their own bodies and mobility, including their safety from violence; over income, productive assets and other resources (including food, water, energy); with equal legal rights and access to justice; and freedom from discriminatory social norms such as female genital mutilation/cutting.

To support its realisation, the Strategic Vision focuses on four interlinked outcomes (pillars). The pillars cover:

    1. Girls’ completion of primary and secondary education
    2. Girls’ and women’s economic empowerment
    3. Girls’ and women’s ability to live free from violence
    4. Universal sexual and reproductive health and rights

Cross-cutting these four pillars is the ‘enabling environment’, which emphasises the importance of formal institutions such as legislation and policy and informal institutions such as cultural norms to the opportunities girls and women have available to them.

Read DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women and it’s refresh.

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