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Welcome Mayra Buvinic, and a New Focus on the Economics of Improving Women’s Lives

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. 

Geeta Rao Gupta Wins 2011 Commitment to Development Award

Last night we (Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy Magazine) honored Geeta Rao Gupta with the Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award. The event, a huge success, highlighted her numerous contributions to the field of gender and development. I had fun because the event brought to CGD so many of the early advocates of ensuring attention to women in development (I couldn’t resist saying it felt in a good way to me like “the old girls club”).

Women, Development, and the Arab Spring: Moving from Protest to Political Participation

This is a joint post with Jessica Brinton

At a recent CGD breakfast with Johnny West on his new book Karama! Journeys Through the Arab Spring, our colleague Mead Over asked how women would benefit from the Arab Spring. Though he speaks Arabic and has spent 20 years in the region, West didn’t have much to share about the role and prospects of women. As West explained, he had very few opportunities to interact with women. Unfortunately, this is a piece of a broader reality: even when women have played a huge role in protest movements, they are rarely represented in accounts of the revolution.

Girls Still Count

Today Miriam Temin and I responded to a critique of Nike’s “Girl Effect” campaign posted on William Easterly’s AIDWATCH blog (check it out here).

Three Early Moves for Michelle Bachelet’s UN “Start-Up” for Women

This post also appeared on the Huffington Post.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday named former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head UN Women (full name: UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), a new UN entity. Congratulations to Dr. Bachelet!

While the selection process was criticized for lacking openness and transparency, I hope that those of us, like me, who have been awaiting this appointment will put that concern behind us and let her get on with the job. In many ways, Michelle Bachelet is the ideal candidate, with the right credentials to make this important new entity function effectively:

ONE Way to Help Women

Gates and VerveerUnlike World Water Day (March 22nd) or World TB Day (March 24th), International Women’s Day (March 8th) was a hard holiday to miss.  Or at least it was in Washington.  Hundreds of articles, conferences and galas focused on the inspiring women—and men—working to promote and celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women.  But now that I’ve almost recover

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