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GW's Elliott School of International Affairs Receives $245,000 Grant from the Hewlett Foundation
August 06, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Sherrard
WASHINGTON – The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, received a $245,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for research on global development goals and women's economic empowerment. Led by GW Professor James Foster, IIEP will develop an approach for measuring progress toward the new global development goals that accounts for achievements across multiple dimensions. As the current Millennium Development Goals end in 2015, IIEP's research will contribute to the next set of goals and how they are used to track and inform coordinated global development efforts.
Under this project, IIEP will also develop a multidimensional measure of women's economic empowerment. Women's economic empowerment is a critical source and valuable outcome of global development and poverty reduction, but its measurement has been limited. The project will apply the Alkire-Foster method developed by James Foster and Sabina Alkire to create a robust and practical measure of women's economic empowerment for use in policies, programs, and research.
About GW’s Institute for International Economic Policy
The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), which is housed within the Elliott School of International Affairs, serves as a catalyst for high quality, multi-disciplinary, and non-partisan research on policy issues surrounding economic globalization. The institute research program helps to develop effective policy options and academic analysis in a time of growing controversies about international economic integration in many countries around the world. The institute's work also encompasses policy responses for those who face continued poverty and financial crises despite worldwide economic growth.
About GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top ten in the United States for international affairs by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey.
About the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.