Each chapter’s gender equality action lab will ideate and prototype solutions to systemic gender inequities in the SGB sector. They convene regularly and will conclude with a funding challenge to scale promising solutions.
The ESEA Gender Equality Action Lab is a collective platform convening regional specialists and practitioners over 9-12 months to identify barriers to success, improve existing solutions, ideate and prototype solutions to systematic gender inequalities in the SGB sector.
We hope to do accomplish this goal by using a design thinking approach to identify one element or approach to the problem where progress seems possible; build understanding of barriers to solving it, identify actionable solution(s), relevant to the areas of influence, that would fill a gap and address or circumvent those barriers; and prototype and test some dimension of this solution to validate some of the assumptions.
This year-long Action Lab is implemented as part of the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative (AGEI), aiming to contribute to the United Nations Development Goals (SDG5): “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and provide support to women as leaders, employees, and customers in the emerging market small and growing business (SGB) sector.