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Arjan de Haan


ORGANISATION: IDRC
TITLE: programme leader of the Supporting Inclusive Growth programme
WEBSITE: http://www.idrc...

Arjan de Haan is programme leader of the Supporting Inclusive Growth programme at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada. Before that he was, among others, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, and a social development adviser at the UK\'s Department for International Development (DfID) in London, Delhi and Beijing. He is the author of ‘Towards a new poverty agenda in Asia: social policies and economic transformation’ and ‘How the Aid Industry Works: An Introduction to International Development’.


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Question of the week 15 2016-10-12 18:44:15
As highlighted by others, our work also indicates that as women's constraints are manifold, solutions need to address a variety of factors. Evaluations of credit and training programs show that they can have a positive impact, but these impacts remain limited because of the specific cosntraints female entrepreneurs face - including for example time and care burden. Value chain (and supplier diversity - see https://www.idrc.ca/en/article/empowering-women-owned-businesses-india) approaches have shown promise (and in need of good evidence), particularly in sustainability, as they start from the market access end - but here too addressing multiple constraints continues to be important (organisations like SEWA in India address those from the perspective of women`s organisation, including working with corporations).