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Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a Senior Fellow both at the Center for Global Development and the United Nations Foundation. Previously, she was Director for Gender and Development at the World Bank. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she headed the Social Development Division and was founding member and President of the International Center for Research on Women. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I’m pleased to announce that we are launching a new research program focused on the economics of improving women’s lives and well-being.
Our aim is to bring the best economics research to identify specific actions that can advance gender equality, from fostering women’s involvement in business and entrepreneurship to making use of international policy levers and foreign donor investments.
And I’m particularly pleased to welcome Mayra Buvinic as a new Senior Fellow with decades of experience in the fields of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mayra was a founding member of the International Center for Research on Women and served as the organization’s president for 18 years. She then went on to lead units focused on women and gender at both the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, where her work included managing initiatives on violence prevention and on increasing economic opportunities for adolescent girls. Currently Mayra is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation; she will maintain this position in addition to her new position as a Senior Fellow at CGD.
Advancing gender equality drives tremendous gains in health, education, employment, and improved livelihoods – both for women and girls themselves and for their broader families and communities. However, in many parts of the world, women and girls still face social norms as well as legal, economic, and political constraints that prevent them from participating fully and equally in society. Through our new work, CGD will contribute to an understanding of what works best in breaking down the barriers to women’s and girls’ security and equal participation in the economy, politics, and society at large.
We seek to complement the in-depth research that has been and continues to be conducted within the field of gender and development. And in particular, we hope that the conference series will serve as a platform for collaboration among researchers, policymakers, and others dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.
The private sector accounts for the considerable majority of well-paying jobs worldwide. Without the engagement of private companies, global goals for gender equality in the workplace and women’s economic empowerment will never be accomplished. How can companies move beyond traditional corporate social responsibility to combine profits with gender progress?
There is a lot of development data out there. But how do we translate this information into better development decisions--and better outcomes? This event, convened by the development nonprofit TechnoServe, in collaboration with the Center for Global Development, will explore some of the key questions that affect billions of aid dollars: How do we compare cost-effectiveness across a wide spectrum of projects? What would development look like if long-term impact studies were a part of every project design? How do we leverage rigorous findings of impact to scale successful projects?