New Approaches to Unpaid Care Work in Developing Countries
Women’s unequal share of unpaid care work can prevent their full participation in
the economies of developing countries; however, care needs are growing globally. How
can governments and development partners meet the needs of families and communities,
while ensuring that all citizens benefit from economic opportunities and fair remuneration?
As part of the OECD Policy Dialogue on Women’s Economic Empowerment, this report focuses
on identifying what works to address unpaid care work and sheds light on how governments,
donors in 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 the promotion
of shared responsibility within the household.