This case study summarizes the project’s capacity development experiences, lessons, and results at the individual, organizational and enabling environment levels, from selected partner interviews. It shall also surface the facilitating factors and challenges encountered in the course of capacity development.

The baseline studies were conducted by the Integrated Development Services (IDS), which took on the local enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment component of the research and the Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), for the women microentrepreneurs (WME) and women workers in microenterprises (WWME) component. For the WME/WWME component of the research, feminist descriptive research was used as the research methodology of AdDU, mainly using triangulation of data collection methods (quantitative and qualitative), and sources of information (women entrepreneurs and women workers).

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is a continuously learning organization . With the GREAT Women Project , PCW embarked on a journey of self-assessment of its accomplishments for the past decades on promoting women’s concerns towards re-inventing itself through capacity development to become more effective and responsive in advocating women’s economic empowerment, and ultimately, furthering its role as the national machinery for the advancement of women.

What started out as an ad hoc office of the provincial goverment became a strong mechanism that binds GAD initiatives in the entire province. In this case, the Provincial Gender and Development Office (PGAD) of Quezon, with its limited capacities but with a fervent wish to enrich the province's GAD efforts, maximized the opportunities brought by the GREAT Women Project to learn, engage key players and promote gender-responsive local governance.

Hardin ng Kalikasan is the cooperative partner of the Department of Trade and Industry-Cottage Industry and Technology Center (CITC) under the GREAT Women Project in Real, Quezon. From a livelihood project for women, Hardin blossomed into a resilient women’s cooperative that sprung from adversity and scarcity of resources.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) maximized the opportunity opened by the GREAT Women Project to rekindle its gender mainstreaming initiatives. Through project implementation, DENR-FMB produced the GREEn Kit, a tool for national and local government. This tool also served to strengthen its environment and gender perspective in enterprise development.

This case previews how various forms of capacity development under the GREAT Women Project enabled local government clusters or alliances such as the Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC) and the PPALMA Alliance to mainstream gender and development and women’s economic empowerment.

The case report presents the convergence efforts in the Municipality of Jagna to further develop the women-led calamay-making industry. This convergence model drove the local government to create the Jagna Sustainable Microenterprise Development (JASMED) Unit which is aimed not only to support the calamay-making industry, but enterprise development, in general.

The case previews how various forms of capacity development under the GREAT Women Project have enabled its national government agency partners, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, to accomplish their sub-projects under the GREAT Women Project.

This case study looks into the initial GREAT Women Project implementation in Leyte province and the role it played in enhancing the gender-responsiveness of the LGU.