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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...
Global Childcare in 2022: Taking Stock & What’s Next
December 15, 2022
Most recently, the Center for Global Development hosted two conferences—the first is the Bali Care Economy Dialogue, a collaborative effort with The Asia Foundation and other partners alongside the G20, and the second our annual Birdsall House Conference on Gender Equality, this year focused on chil...
The Effects of Childcare on Women and Children: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Burkina Faso
November 29, 2022
We study whether providing affordable childcare improves women's economic empowerment and child development, using data from a sample of 1,990 women participating in a public works program in Burkina Faso. Out of 36 urban work sites, 18 were randomly selected to receive community-based childcare cen...
What Happens When Early Childhood Development Meets Women’s Economic Empowerment?
November 29, 2022
Research and policymaking relating to childcare often occurs in siloes and because of this, few studies connect the vision of caring for children with the vision of encouraging women’s employment and economic wellbeing. In a new paper, we bridge this gap to examine whether community-based childcare...
How Providing Childcare Affects the Grandparents (and Everyone Else in the Family): Evidence from Brazil
November 21, 2022
In Brazil, the number of children in daycare programs is increasing rapidly. Studies show that publicly provided daycare can benefit children’s nutrition and yield short-term benefits to children’s cognitive development, without having adverse impacts on children’s behavioral development. It can als...
What Works for Whom in Childcare: What Do We Know, and What’s Left to Learn?
November 17, 2022
A growing knowledge base offers some initial insights on design and implementation features that should be prioritized to ensure that childcare programs benefit children and parents or other caregivers, but gaps in the evidence persist.
Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Compendium of Selected Tools
December 02, 2020
A main objective of the compendium is practical: helping readers locate and choose different tools (and indicators) for different purposes. This includes providing a better understanding of the factors that affect country rankings produced by different tools and selecting among tools and indicators ...
The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: Aligning Early Childhood Development & Gender Equality Research and Practice
December 16, 2019
Thanks to many of you who joined us in person and online to hear about the latest research linking ECD and gender equality. For those not able to make it, not to worry! We’ve captured the highlights below.
Access to Contraception is a Global Development Issue
March 07, 2018
On International Women’s Day it is right to celebrate the huge advances in women’s rights during our own lifetimes. In almost every country in the world, women are closer to achieving equality in economic and social activity. However, even as we celebrate progress, we cannot lose sight o...