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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
Gender Integration in Multilateral Development Banks’ COVID-19 Response Efforts
May 11, 2023
The COVID pandemic has had differential effects by gender, with women experiencing higher job and income loss, increased rates of domestic violence, and mounting care burdens. We examine the extent to which MDB COVID response projects incorporated gender elements and highlight the gaps in those effo...
IDB COVID-19 Response Projects and Gender Integration
January 14, 2022
This paper aims to determine the extent to which gender was considered in the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) operations aimed at responding to the COVID pandemic and associated economic crisis. Using keywords to identify COVID response projects, we found 264 projects approved between March ...
Strengthening the Global Care Economy: A Roadmap for the Biden-Harris Administration
October 13, 2021
In calling for large-scale investment in the United States’ care economy, the Biden-Harris administration has taken an unprecedented step in recognizing and addressing the constraints that American families, and particularly women, face in juggling paid and unpaid work within their own country. The ...
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Women’s Social and Economic Outcomes: An Updated Review of the Evidence
August 18, 2021
In an updated review on the gendered social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, we examine 49 studies identified by our search criteria between January and March 2021. This review included peer-reviewed papers, pre-prints and working papers that met specific search terms, contained empirica...
A Review of Multilateral Development Banks’ Investments in Childcare
August 11, 2021
Using project data from eight multilateral development banks, we compile all projects with a childcare component from 2000 to June 2021. Our analysis explores best practices across institutions, identifies gaps and areas for improvement, and makes recommendations for how MDBs can increase and improv...
A Review of the 2X Women’s Initiative: Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration
April 13, 2021
This policy paper reviews the extent to which DFC (and its predecessor, OPIC) have focused on the promotion of women’s economic empowerment and broader gender equality to date, particularly through the 2X Women’s Initiative.
Unpacking Gender Gaps and Data Gaps in Public Sector Employment and Pay
April 12, 2021
We look at available sources to ask (i) Where is data available on employment and wages allowing for comparisons between women and men, and the public and private sectors? (ii) How do women’s employment, compensation, and seniority compare with men’s in the public and private sectors? (iii) How do g...