World Bank and Gender

All recent country assistance strategies have been gender informed—meaning that gender has been integrated into the analysis. Some 86 percent were rated highly satisfactory, integrating gender in analysis, program content, and monitoring and evaluation.

The total share of Bank lending that was gender informed rose from 54 percent to 95 percent between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2014, reaching nearly

The Great Lakes Emergency SGBV and Women

The Great Lakes Emergency SGBV and Women's Health Project is a regional health services project in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. It helps provide integrated health and counseling services, legal aid, and economic opportunities to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The number of women and girls expected to benefit from this project is more than 641,000, of whom half a million live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. © World Bank / Dominic Chavez (photographer). Permission required for reuse.

$38 billion in fiscal 2014. Ninety-three percent of operations in fragile and conflict-affected situations were gender informed in fiscal 2014, up from 62 percent in fiscal 2010. Similarly, 49 out of 54 operations (over 90 percent) in conflict-affected situations in Africa were gender informed in fiscal 2014.

Gender Integration. Gender integration in lending has deepened, with operations including gender-informed analysis, actions, and monitoring and evaluation.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a relatively new area of strategic focus for the World Bank. Before 2012, Bank projects that addressed it were typically subcomponents within a larger project, or financed primarily by trust funds. Since 2012, the number of such investments has been rising, and an increasing number of projects and development policy lending operations have a GBV focus. Going forward, the World Bank will scale up commitments on this front as part of a broader effort toward gender equality.

Economic and Legal Empowerment. Gender equality in the world of work is at the forefront of World Bank efforts to address inequality as a whole. A companion to the 2013 World Development Report on jobs, Gender at Work, highlighted priority areas for action. Gender at Work noted that since women face multiple constraints on employment that start early and extend throughout their lives, progressive, broad-based, and coordinated policy action is needed to close gender gaps. Common constraints include lack of mobility, time, and skills; exposure to violence; and the absence of basic legal rights. Addressing these, it argued, promises huge gains in productivity that will significantly advance efforts to end poverty and boost shared prosperity.

In 2013, the Bank launched two new open databases: enGENDER IMPACT, a repository of impact evaluations with key findings gathered from Bank and partner projects; and ADePT Gender, which houses a growing volume of gender data and produces quick, standardized analytical reports, including cross-country labor force statistics.

In May 2014, the World Bank Group launched a major new study, "Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity," focusing on the broad benefits of, and costly constraints to, the ability of women and girls to exercise control over key aspects of their own lives. It distilled vast data and hundreds of studies to shed new light on these constraints worldwide, from epidemic levels of gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from owning property, working, and making decisions about their own lives. While highlighting gaps, the report equally reviewed promising policies and interventions and identified priority areas where further research and more and better data and evidence are needed.

 
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