Date of Graduation

Spring 5-9-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)



First Advisor

Yaniv Stopnitzky


The study evaluates the impact to-date of a community-driven development (CDD) program on women’s empowerment in the Solomon Islands. Originally launched in 2008, the CDD program is known as the Rural Development Program (RDP). The RDP aims to foster employment and income growth by focusing on participatory development, demand-responsive provisions of government services, and the creation of a supportive economic environment for small-scale rural development. The RDP process mandates female involvement, which manifests predominately in the selection of community infrastructure projects and by participation in a RDP subcommittee known as the Sub-Implementation Committee (SIC). Members of the SIC are in charge of organizing the maintenance and operation of the implemented infrastructure projects. While the program has helped increase women's participation in RDP’s projects and processes since 2008, their involvement outside the program appears limited. Through 2013 data show limited evidence that women have increased their participation in political, social, and household empowering roles.