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Gender Equality at IFIs: Promote as I Say, Not as I Do?
November 27, 2023
Multilateral Development Banks say that diversity matters to development. But how do these institutions perform when it comes to their own staff do they lead by example? Sadly, looking at gender equality in particular, the picture is still mixed.
Missing Figures: Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
International financial institutions (IFIs) appear to agree that quality of policymaking sees gains from diversifying the body of policymakers, all issuing diversity, equity, and inclusion statements. But how do these institutions perform when it comes to their own staff— do they lead by example? We...
What’s the Latest Research in Development Economics? A Roundup from NEUDC 2023
November 09, 2023
There are so many studies regarding so many aspects of development economics that it can be difficult to keep up. Last week was the North East Universities Development Consortium annual conference, often called NEUDC. Researchers presented more than 130 papers across a wide range of topics, from agr...
Increasing Disclosure of Gender-Based Violence in Schools: Lessons from a Systematic Review
November 03, 2023
Across the world, children are facing unacceptable levels of violence in schools. We need more and better data to understand this problem and find the best ways to eliminate violence in schools. But getting accurate measures of violence is not easy. When it comes to collecting data for children in s...
From Evidence to Policy-Making: What Should Be In Kenya’s Next Education and Training Gender Policy?
November 01, 2023
In recent decades, concerted efforts to promote access, equity, and inclusivity in education have improved school enrollment for girls and marginalized and disadvantaged populations. Kenya is no exception: it has reached gender parity at the primary school level, and the Kenyan government has implem...
Deconstructing Five Common Myths about Childcare in Africa
October 24, 2023
When discussing the connection between early childhood care (ECC) and women’s economic empowerment with policymakers, donors, and practitioners, we often come across five pervasive misconceptions dismissing the case for investing in ECC in Africa. Our research, however, tells a different story. We f...
Advancing Women's and Girls' Empowerment: US Strategy and Funding Announcements on the International Day of the Girl
October 16, 2023
On October 11th, the US Department of State’s Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI), in partnership with the Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy and the Office of Global Youth Issues, hosted a series of events in celebration of the International Day of the Girl (IDG). The co...
Amplifying the Global Care Agenda: Highlights from the Women Deliver Care Economy Pre-Conference in Kigali, Rwanda
October 16, 2023
Today we have released an in-depth synopsis of the Pre-Conference to share the phenomenal breadth of knowledge, ideas, and actions that emerged across the spectrum of issues that fall under the care economy umbrella. The following summary condenses the main takeaways from that document and the rich ...
Increasing Disclosure of School-Related Gender-Based Violence: Lessons from a Systematic Review of Data Collection Methods and Existing Survey Research
October 13, 2023
School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) includes sexual, physical, or psychological violence occurring in and around schools often perpetrated by teachers or peers. This systematic review focuses on studies from high-, middle-, and low-income countries comparing how data collection methodologie...
What Does it Take to Build Girls’ Economic Potential?
October 11, 2023
Today as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, I’m excited to see increased attention turning towards one dimension of girls’ wellbeing that policymakers, donors, researchers, and advocates have historically shied away from discussing – economic empowerment. Efforts to support girls have t...