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New article from Melinda Gates: “Putting women and girls at the center of development”

The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women’s empowerment. By ignoring gender inequities, many development projects fail to achieve their objective. And when development organizations do not focus on women’s empowerment, they neglect the fact that empowered women have the potential to transform their societies. I also review the Gates Foundation’s record on gender and propose some approaches to improve it.

For the full article published September 12 in Science, click here.


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Publication: Do Shocks Affect Men’s and Women’s Assets Differently? A review of literature and new evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

A new IFPRI Discussion Paper, Do Shocks Affect Men’s and Women’s Assets Differently? A review of literature and new evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda  is now available. This paper attempts to expand understanding of the gender-differentiated impact of shocks on assets through a literature review on shocks and gendered asset dynamics and an analysis of new panel data (2007 and 2009) from Uganda and Bangladesh looking at the impact of negative shocks and positive events on men’s and women’s assets.

(PHND) IFPRI 01113 – Do Shocks Affect Men’s and Women’s Assets Differently?

A Review of Literature and New Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

Agnes R. Quisumbing, Neha Kumar, and Julia A. Behrman





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Upcoming Publication: Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies

An upcoming report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies will evaluate the role of adolescent girls in the developing world and identify opportunities for national governments and bilateral donors to equip these girls to be agents of economic and social change. This report serves as the next volume of the Girls Count series. Girls Count provides some of the first critical research specifically focused on adolescent girls in the developing world.  It demonstrates how providing support to girls ages 10-18 dramatically improves their lives – and also results in significant benefits for society as a whole.  A launch event for this publication is scheduled for early October in the United Kingdom, read more here.

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Publication: Latest from the World Bank’s Gender and Development Unit

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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News: USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the establishment of USAID’s new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade’s (EGAT) Women in Development Office is being transformed into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, focused on building partnerships that can deliver results. This office will also give greater support to female entrepreneurship, scale up initiatives designed to enhance women’s ownership of key assets like land and housing, and work to reduce gender gaps in access to new technology and infrastructure. Carla Koppell is the new Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Office. The complete speech is available at http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2011/ps110426.html.

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Event (DC): A Dialogue with USAID’s Leads on Gender Equality

Monday, May 16 at 2:30pm

Co-sponsored by InterAction and Women Thrive Worldwide

 What:      A Dialogue with USAID’s Leads on Gender Equality:

Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator, Office of Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

Dr. Caren Grown, Senior Gender Advisor, Policy Planning and Learning Bureau

When:     Monday, May 16, 2:30-4:00pm

Where:     InterAction, 1400 16th St., NW, Suite 210  (Call in available: 202-667-8227; ask for the

“Dialogue with USAID’s Leads on Gender Equality”)

RSVP:      Emily Valk, evalk@interaction.org by May 12th

On April 26th, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the creation of the Office on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the Agency.  Join us to hear about plans for the Office and progress on development of USAID’s new Gender Policy.

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Publication: Women and Labour Markets in Asia: Rebalancing for Gender Equality

The crisis response and recovery policies of Asian governments have been shaped by the lessons learned from the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. An important lesson emerging from the recent crisis is that the policy goal should not be to return to a “normal” pre-crisis situation but to address fundamental and not just short-term urgencies, and seize the opportunity to rebalance towards a new development trajectory that is job-rich, just, sustainable and inclusive. The main components of “rebalancing” have been identified as transition from public to private sector-led growth, domestic-led growth of consumption and investments in place of export-led growth, shifts to green jobs and green enterprises and deeper Asian regional integration. The theme of this reports is that such rebalancing must, as a matter of both “smart economics” and social justice, also promote gender equality in the labour market. To be successful, rebalancing policies must mainstream gender equality considerations.

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