July 12, 2012
The World Bank’s policy note series Economic Premise recently put out a note on “Measuring the Effect of Gender-Based Policies on Economic Growth”. The note lays out a framework for quantifying the growth effects of gender-based policies in developing economies, a powerful and practical tool for policy makers and policy researchers. This tool was developed recently in the context of a research project sponsored by the World Bank. The framework is based on analysis using a computable overlapping generations model that accounts for the impact of access to infrastructure on women’s time allocation, as well as human capital accumulation and inter- and intragenerational health externalities. The analysis also presents illustrative gender-based experiments in a version calibrated for a low-income country (Benin).
To read the note, click here.
May 15, 2012
Are women more vulnerable to climate change then men? If so, what are the factors which contribute to these increases and what can be done to help increase the resiliency of both women and men to the negative impacts of climate change? For answers to these questions and more, please visit Genderinag.org to find a recent report by the World Bank’s Nilufar Ahmad titled “Gender in Climate Change in Bangladesh: The Role of Institutions in Reducing Gender Gaps in Adaptation” and to hear a recent presentation by the author to the Washington-based GRADE Group.
October 19, 2011
The World Bank has launched the World Bank eAtlas of Gender, a companion of the recent World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development, were several IFPRI staff contributed. You will find maps gender related indicators:wages, earnings, mean age at marriage, leave benefits, school enrolment rates, violence against women and more—over time and across countries). Try “nutrition” in the search box at the top left.
September 19, 2011
A World Bank survey in Kenya that seeks women’s input and data to inform agricultural policy shows that female farmers have limited access to water, energy and finance, and few women own property they can use as collateral for loans. As agriculture becomes ‘feminized’ and men abandon farms to work in cities, policies must change to meet women’s needs. Read more here: http://go.worldbank.org/ETKDJPYK70
September 19, 2011
This year’s World Development Report: Gender Equality and Development, published by the World Bank, argues that gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. It is also smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.
The Report also focuses on four priority areas for policy going forward: (i) reducing excess female mortality and closing education gaps where they remain, (ii) improving access to economic opportunities for women (iii) increasing women’s voice and agency in the household and in society and (iv) limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations.
For more information, see http://go.worldbank.org/CQCTMSFI40.
To download the full report, see: http://go.worldbank.org/6R2KGVEXP0.
May 16, 2011
It highlights recent Bank initiatives which seek to promote the economic empowerment of women and gender equality, and to encourage others to do the same.
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August 20, 2010
Gender inequality in the labor market remains a pressing problem of contemporary Africa. Available evidence shows that in several countries of the region women are less likely to be in paid work, are disproportionately concentrated in informal and precarious employment, and are paid substantially less. This novel study, a collaboration between the World Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, fills an important knowledge gap by providing a comparative analysis of survey data for 24 countries. It uses a comprehensive set of labor market indicators disaggregated by location, age groups, etc. Read more…
Edited by Jorge Saba Arbache, Alexandre Kolev, and Ewa Filipiak (World Bank Publication)
June 1, 2010
Joint Organizational Discussion Paper—Issue 2 THE WORLD BANK, GLTN, FIG, AND FAO. Authors: Klaus Deininger, Clarissa Augustinus, Stig Enemark, and Paul munro-faure
This volume is a product of the Annual Conference on Land Policy and Administration that is jointly organized by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, the International Federation of Surveyors, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Includes several discussion of gender and land issues including Chapter 4.2 Gender, low-cost land certification, and land rental market participation in Ethiopia
Access the publication here
Also, watch video recordings from the opening session including a presentation by Nobel Laureate Dr. Elinor Ostrom. Her remarks, which highlighted the design principles of robust governance institutions at local and global levels and implications for the World Bank’s work, challenged us all to recognize “institutional diversity” as equal in importance to ‘biological diversity’, to overcome the “panacea trap”, and to recognize that “scientific progress involves understanding complex, decomposable, mutli-tier systems.”
May 28, 2010
In 2001 the World Bank adopted a gender equality policy as a means to help reduce poverty. This policy was outlined in Integrating Gender into the World Bank’s Work: A Strategy for Action (referred as the 2001 Gender Strategy). Through this evaluation IEG finds that the World Bank made progress in gender integration between 2002 and 2008 integrating gender concerns in more than half of the relevant projects. These signs of progress are qualified by findings that implementation of this policy weakened in the latter half of the review period and that there was no built-in results framework in the strategy. MORE
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