This is a report of the first meeting of the Global Programme Advisory Group (GPAG) of the Global Programme of the Research Programme Consortium (RPC), Pathways of Women’s Empowerment, a five year programme led by the Institute of Development Studies and funded by the UK Department for International Development. The GPAG brings together a representative peer group that will help to ensure the Global Research Programme is academically robust and has an effective communications strategy. GPAG membership has been drawn from civil society, academic institutions and international development agencies. It is convened by One World Action. Following a general discussion on the RPC and its Global Programme, the meeting discussed in detail and commented on five research proposals related to the RPC themes of concepts of empowerment, empowering work, building constituencies and narratives of sexuality. How best to communicate the research findings and to whom was also the focus of a lively debate. The GPAG concluded with some clarification about how it would work together in the period up to the next GPAG meeting and what levels of information could be usefully shared.