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CGD’s work on gender focuses policies in aid, development finance, trade, migration and peacekeeping that will improve women’s economic empowerment worldwide.
Greater equality drives big gains in health, education, employment, and improved livelihoods—for individuals, their families, and their communities. However, in many parts of the world, women and girls, and other marginalized groups including LGBT people, still face legal, economic, and political constraints that prevent them from participating fully and equally in society. CGD uses evidence to show how governments, donor institutions, and the private sector can help create conditions in low- and middle-income countries that allow all people to thrive.
Martina Björkman, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University will present "Income Shocks and Gender Gaps in Education: Evidence from Uganda."
CGD is honored to present Women & War, photographer Jenny Matthews’ poignant visual diary of women workers, caregivers and mediators living in areas of extreme conflict. The photographs illuminate faces of suffering, strength, and perseverance-from Afghanistan to Chechnya, Ethiopia to Sierra Leone. Please join us to view the exhibit, as our distinguished panelists provide a context for the role of women throughout the developing world in conflict resolution-and prevention.
Join us for this panel discussion, co-hosted by Population Works Africa, #BlackWomenInDev, and the Center for Global Development, to explore the question “Is global development consensual?”.
All relationships have power dynamics based on our identities and experiences; but within global development, the power disparities are even more vast: between international NGOs and local partner organizations, between staff from headquarters and local staff, the CEO of an INGO and the “beneficiaries” of a program. This points to a large issue within development: are the interventions developed by iNGOs consensual? Are these organizations addressing issues in ways that make “beneficiaries” and local partners feel valued, included, and comfortable? In order to for the international development community to transform its work to allow for consensual relationships and partnerships, we must unpack and understand our own individual power, privilege, and oppression, to be able to shift towards more equitable structures and practices at the institutional level.
Breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 9:00 am and we will provide a networking opportunity at 11:00 am, immediately following the discussion.
Every year, the Birdsall House Conference on Women brings together leading academics and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research focused on improving outcomes for women in low- and middle-income countries.
Household surveys typically identify a head of household and disaggregate this information by sex. Female headship is both commonly used and heavily criticized as a proxy measure for women’s poverty. Many use it as the only available gauge for women’s well-being; others recommend doing away entirely with the concept of headship in survey instruments. This conversation, co-hosted by the Center for Global Development and Data 2x, will explore the pros and cons of both views with statisticians and expert gender and development researchers. The event will begin with a presentation by Dominique van de Walle on her current research on women’s headship and poverty in Africa, and then she will join the panel to discuss headship data collection and use.