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Still Less Than Half: Gender Focus in Development Finance

Gender gaps in participation in the labor force, entrepreneurship, pay, share of senior management, and executive board positions–as well as access to finance, markets, and skills–have been well documented. But how far do development finance providers truly support gender equality?

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The CARES Act: A Down Payment on Global COVID-19 Response Efforts?

While the vast majority of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law late last week is devoted to domestic response and relief, the measure does include modest supplemental foreign aid funding and pending authorizations for international financial institutions to support the international response. These provisions, combined with the foreign aid funding provided as part of the initial supplemental legislation, are important.

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What Should We Ask from the IMF on Climate Change?

While the world’s decision makers are now rightly focusing on the COVID-19 crisis and its potentially devastating economic aftermath, the climate change agenda has been moved from the center stage. As the world begins to rethink what the post COVID-19 economic order will look like, climate change will again play a key role. And so will the IMF.  

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A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children

Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned of increased violence against women and children. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks unfortunately aligns with the increased violence stemming from COVID-19 and related response efforts. Understanding why this happens is critical to inform policy and program responses to mitigate adverse effects.

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