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This evaluation is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the women’s empowerment thematic area. This report documents the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in October 2013 that sought to assess the impact of the activities of the ‘Papua women’s empowerment’ (PAWE) project.

The overall objective of the project was to improve women’s awareness and participation in the decision-making and implementation of a large-scale national community-driven development programme called PNPM Mandiri/RESPEK. This was to be achieved by the combination of a grant programme and the training of 50 local facilitators (‘cadre members’) whose mandate was to provide gender training to beneficiary women’s groups and local government officials. The grant programme provided funding to women’s groups to organize women’s capacity building activities (e.g. training on business economic planning, proposal writing, financial record keeping, vocational skills and gender issues etc.). In addition to this, the project also provided support to women’s groups in designing project proposals and running group activities. This project was funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), supervised by the World Bank and implemented by Oxfam in six districts in Papua Province and four districts in West Papua Province, between May 2009 and April 2013.

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