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OECD Development Policy Papers

The OECD Strategy on Development aims to strengthen the Organisation’s contributions to inclusive and sustainable growth in a wide array of countries. It draws on OECD’s evidence-based approaches, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing to improve policy making and economic reform. This strategy identifies four interlinked thematic areas: innovative and sustainable sources of growth; mobilisation of resources for development; governance for sustainable development; and measuring progress for development. Designed for a wide readership, the OECD Development Policy Papers are intended to stimulate discussion and analysis on these topics.

English, French

Breaking down barriers to women’s economic empowerment

Policy approaches to unpaid care work

As part of the OECD Policy Dialogue on Women’s Economic Empowerment, this report focuses on identifying what works to address unpaid care work – a situation that can prevent women’s full participation in the economy. At the same time, care needs are growing globally, requiring action by governments and development partners to meet the needs of families and communities. This report aims to shed light on how governments, donors the private sector and civil society actors – among others – can design policies to support both those who need care and those who provide care. The report brings together existing knowledge of policy options for unpaid care work across regions, in four policy areas: infrastructure, social protection, public services and promotion of shared responsibility within the household.

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Keywords: unpaid care work, development co-operation, donors, Gender equality, women’s economic empowerment
JEL: J22: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Time Allocation and Labor Supply; J18: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics: Public Policy; J16: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
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