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This paper is a report of an Oxfam workshop on women’s economic enterprises, held in the Philippines, arranged and facilitated by Josefa Francisco and Eugenia Piza Lopez. The main points arising from the workshop are listed after this introduction. The first section of the paper describes the reasons for holding the workshop, and the way that the workshop was planned and facilitated. The next two sections bring together the conceptual framework that guided the analysis of the workshop, the issues raised and the lessons learnt: Section 2 examines the need for a holistic approach and Section 3 the implications for project design. Section 4 looks at each of the papers presented in more detail.

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