IRVING, Texas and WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Nations Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation announced today a new evidence-based report that identifies proven, promising and high-potential interventions to promote women's economic advancement around the world. The report, A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment, provides funders, NGOs and governments a framework for selecting and implementing programs that successfully increase women's productivity and earnings in particular economic and country contexts. Research has demonstrated that when women are economically empowered, communities and nations benefit. Yet, until now, there remained a crucial knowledge gap regarding the most effective interventions that directly advance women's economic opportunities. To address this gap, the UN Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation joined forces in 2012 to produce A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment. "We know that expanding economic opportunities for women is the right and smart thing to do. The big question is how," said Mayra Buvinic, UN Foundation Senior Fellow and lead author of the report. "This report and roadmap draw on the best available evidence to guide funding and action toward economic empowerment programs that have demonstrated results and can be scaled for impact." The report, the first of its kind to gather this breadth of existing research, summarizes the findings of 18 research studies with a focus on programs across four categories: entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women's employment. On the basis of these studies, the project compiled a database of 136 published empirical evaluations of programs and policies. The research studies and the report systematically analyzed the effectiveness of interventions in terms of increasing women's productivity and earnings, taking into account the economic and social contexts. They also looked at the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of programs to provide a new, reliable framework for how best to empower women.