Democracy Support Strategies

Leading with Women's Empowerment

Authored by: Thomas Carothers

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions
Region: No Region
Year: 2016
Citation: Carothers, Thomas. Democracy Support Strategies: Leading with Women's Empowerment. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2016.

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Executive Summary

With many emerging democracies experiencing stagnation or setbacks, providers of democracy support are struggling to tailor assistance strategies to highly varied transitional contexts. As a crucial area of international aid for democracy as well as for development more generally, efforts to bolster women’s political empowerment share this challenge. Strategic differentiation not only helps identify what types of programs may be most effective in advancing gender equality in politics but also reveals how this work can be a critical lever for broader change where attempted transitions have slipped into dysfunctional patterns.