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Submitted by Matt Bannerman on

Thanks Alys for a great post, and for raising the risks involved in programs promoting women's economic empowerment. I should say quickly that at CARE (I work in Rwanda) this is an article of faith and cornerstone of our program: but we are increasingly aware in our field experience of the power dyanamics you mention which if unaddressed can lead to greater tension and conflict in the household. We recently partnered with Brazilian NGO Promundo to explore how integrating efforts to proactively engage men into our women's empowerment programs can mitigate this risk. It seems to work - see our findings in a recent Gender and Development article (at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13552074.2013.767495) for more information.