The Gender Asset Gap project was created in 2009 to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of collecting individual-level data on women’s and men’s access to and ownership of property. The fielded surveys were representative at the national level for Ecuador and Ghana and at the level of the state of Karnataka, India. These data sets have been used to calculate measures of the gender asset and wealth gaps for these three countries.
The Gender Asset Gap Project has become involved with the UN's Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project. The EDGE project will be piloting individual asset ownership modules in nationally representative household surveys in a number of countries over the next few years. EDGE is drawing heavily on the expertise and experience of the Gender Asset Gap Project in designing and implementing individual-level asset surveys.