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Mainstreaming gender and development in the World Bank : progress and recommendations, Volume 1
Author:Moser, Caroline O. N.; Tornqvist, Annika; Van Bronkhorst, Bernice; Date Stored:2002/11/23
Document Date:1998/12/31Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Poverty Assessment; Housing & Human Habitats; Educational Sciences; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; AnthropologyISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4262-2
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Multisector
Report Number:18789Sub Sectors:(Historic)Non-sector specific
Collection Title: * ESSD Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development Work in ProgressVolume No:1

Summary: This report presents the main findings of a recently completed desk study undertaken for the Social Development Family of the World Bank's Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) Network. The primary objectives of the review are to a) identify the current rationale, language, and underlying policy approach to Gender and Development (GAD) adopted by the World Bank; b) evaluate the extent to which these are shared across the institution; and c) make recommendations concerning future steps toward mainstreaming gender in the Bank. The following five findings synthesize the review's conclusions: 1) Bank policy documents lack a common conceptual rationale, language, and underlying policy approach; 2) Bank country gender studies and strategies--including gender action plans--vary extensively in terms of their conceptual rationale and language. 3) Bank staff express a need to develop a common gender rationale and language as well as tools and training for mainstreaming gender and development. 4) Most bilaterals and multilaterals are adopting a policy approach to gender that integrates equality and people-centered sustainable development, reflecting a combination of the messages from the Rio, Copenhagen, and Beijing summits. 5) Bank socially related action plans have limited success in integrating gender as a social development priority. The review discusses the details of these conclusions along with the implications for World Bank policy and programs.

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